Mar 12, 2007, 3:22 PM
Post #124 of 343
they increased the stipend, first year is more like 9500. it is enough to live on, but you need a roommate or a really inexpensive rent. i live with my boyfriend, who is also a graduate student at brown (making TWICE as much as me, but we split the rent and utilities fairly equally) & we get by okay - we kinda shiver through the winter in our 55 degree apartment with space heaters next to our desks; we don't own a car; we rarely eat out or go to movies - there are plenty of free films showing at brown, or discounted nights at local theatres. i'm 28, like felix said, most people are mid-20's to 30's, i know some people have been in their 40's. a few people are married/have children, so you don't see them around much. a few people came straight from undergrad, but not many - 2 or 3 out of all 28 of us. you are not supposed to work, but it is okay by their rules to work for brown - some people work for the writing center. some people do what they say yr not supposed to do, have jobs - freelancing, working at bookstores, bakeries, whatever. i make some money because i run a small (very small) press & i get paypal and bookshop payments once in awhile. i was an amicorps VISTA before i came to brown, so i am used to having no money. it is fine. what brown pays me is more than what i made as a VISTA. some people do take out loans but i would never do that, i hate owing money. i don't want a job either, it is great to sit home and read/write/make books, and not have to go anywhere except class (on thursday and friday this semester, because both of my classes are with carole & she's only here then).
Re: [MarisaLS] Waiting
(This post was edited by persephassa on Mar 12, 2007, 3:30 PM)