an embittered meg.

May 17, 2007 at 7:23 pm (Uncategorized)

so, they tell you that if you go to college, you’ll get paid better in real life. if you get advanced degrees, you’ll get paid even more!

what they don’t tell you is that even though you have multiple degrees that you busted your ass for, while working and still having to take out student loans during college and grad school, much of that increased salary will forever go to paying off those student loans and the credit card debt you managed to wrack up as well. fabulous! i now owe roughly $867,375,920,583 to several scary companies that have recently started calling to hassle me.

so, what can i do for money? do i really love my job enough to endure this? well, it’s a good thing i do, ’cause i can’t really go back on all this debt. that brings us to what the heck i can do on the side. i love crafting, so in theory i could sell stuff i make. i’m looking into that, but i’m worried that: 1) no one will buy my stuff; 2) the supplies will cost more than i can sell the products for; and 3) maybe i’m not as good as i think i am, which feeds back onto both points one and two.

so, what about medical studies? hm, i can’t sell my eggs, i don’t think, because i’m pretty sure only one of my ovaries actually works. even if that weren’t a factor in how you can physically donate eggs, it’ll probably dampen my chances at being a possible donor. not to mention the fact that i’ve got asthma and depression. just what people want in an egg donor. so, there’s always other medical things, like donating plasma or doing drug studies. but, i don’t think plasma pays much, and i think the meds i’m on would interfere with me getting into drug studies.

frick!

could i get a second job? that would be perfect- something easy that i could do on the weekends, like a customer service job in a book store or something (which, by the way, was my fallback dream job in grad school). but, my current job keeps me so damn busy that i worry i wouldn’t be able to stick to required part time hours. should i try to get a job anyway? the problem there is that it’s been years since my last customer service job, and all my good references have disappeared in some way or another…

hm…maybe there are labs out there that need weekend help? non-university jobs, i mean. i’ve got a billion years of lab experience now, maybe that would get me something…

augh, i hate this! money sucks so freaking much!

i guess there’s always all those offers from american nationals trapped in nigeria

Anonymous said…

at least you didn’t get a degree in social work like me…i could find myself in the same “welfare” line as my former clients (if i weren’t going to become a terrific nurse, of course). i think donating plasma is like $200 a month, which isn’t bad considering you don’t have to do much and it helps other people. i think you could definitely try selling the jewelry you make. i, for one, would buy some.
-Lily

R. Iosifovna said…

…or you could be a sex phone operator!
(I was browsing craigslist job ads and came across this: http://losangeles.craigslist.org/lac/etc/332820003.html)

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2 Comments

  1. Anonymous said,

    at least you didn’t get a degree in social work like me…i could find myself in the same “welfare” line as my former clients (if i weren’t going to become a terrific nurse, of course). i think donating plasma is like $200 a month, which isn’t bad considering you don’t have to do much and it helps other people. i think you could definitely try selling the jewelry you make. i, for one, would buy some. -Lily

  2. R. Iosifovna said,

    …or you could be a sex phone operator!(I was browsing craigslist job ads and came across this: http://losangeles.craigslist.org/lac/etc/332820003.html)

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