« on: March 30, 2006, 11:35:19 AM »
I agree. Straight out of undergrad, I accepted a position in a Cleveland suburb for around $30,000. My best friend went to the Big Apple and got $40,000. She comes out on top, no? Well my rent & utilities are $400 a month for a lovely townhouse (I have a roomie so 800 total for TONS of space) and hers is $1500 (rent only) for a shoebox size efficiency apartment near the projects. She is barely making ends meet (her parents send her infusions of $), and I've been packing hundreds monthly into my IRA on top of being able to live comfortably.
Now this will all change when I quit to go to law school, but for now, it is a helpful and real illustration of the Cost of Living factor many take for granted. One of the reasons Willamette has a slight advantage in my mind over Seattle... though I am still undecided.