The Year Without an Income
It's tax time, which means that my lack of income for the past six months is glaringly obvious. I haven't really thought about this for a while because I've been living on loans since school started, and they have a magical way of making you forget that you don't have any money. Now that it's time to file taxes and I've had to go back six months to verify my annual income, it's all starting to hit me.
I have to say this is one of the hardest adjustments to make when going back to the academic world. I got accustomed to having money that wouldn't eventually collect interest. I'm even paying off old loans with current loans - it doesn't get much worse than that.
The silver lining is that this coming year should be the last without an income. Fortunately the University of Pittsburgh offers a stipend during our third year when we are on full-time clinical rotations. Even though it won't offset the cost of tuition, a significant portion of the financial burden will be covered. And just one short year after that, I'll have a real paycheck! I can't wait to feel like a functioning member of society again.