The peculiar thing about debt is that once you have a certain amount, you don’t really care too much or notice when you get more. Before I started law school, I had more savings than almost all of my friends, and even some of my family– but studying overseas has changed all that.
- Recently paid rent, which for a month in suburb-ish Sydney costs a bit short of $900 (all prices in CAD/USD/AUD, which are all roughly equivalent).
- Paid my school fees, which are just short of $20k for a single semester, not including books (note: I never buy textbooks, I go and read in / borrow from the library instead to save cash)
- A bus pas costs almost $50 per week, which I need on rainy weeks (can’t bike) or when I have to go to clerkship events (need to wear a suit, thus can’t bike).
- Paid $32 for two copies of my academic transcript (for clerkships) which is absolute highway robbery…
- Spent about $60 on skincare related things (specialised eczema ointments and lotions) to pretty myself up before these final interviews…
- Bought a new knee brace for about $70 (an older is more or less useless now)
- Bought a set of padded compression shorts with built in cup protector, to replace my old one which broke a few weeks ago (I don’t even know how I managed to break a jock strap…)
Weigh that against the fact that I essentially no longer work for the German Law firm, because my schedule doesn’t match, and that means there’s a hella lot more outbound expenses than there is income. However, I suppose I am playing a long term game here, and so it should all pay off in the long run………
But seriously, $32 for transcripts?? That’s just kicking a man when he’s down.