AJordan wrote:ITT someone eats a lb of ground chicken by himself in one day. It takes my wife and me two days to eat a lb of meat. Granted, I'm not seeking gains in the gym but that seems like a lot.
My wife and I together do not eat 9 bucks of food per day. Getting a good rice cooker has saved me a ton of money. Big bags of rice are so economical when it comes to sustenance. Cook a big dinner, eat the leftovers for lunch the next day. Make your coffee at home. 300/month for two is definitely doable.
Are you seriously arguing about how much ground turkey costs a pound when this kid is looking at six figures of debt to go to Harvard? That's just absurd.
OP: if your parents will just pay for school, take the money. If it's truly a loan, then be a responsible borrower and don't take more than you need to get your goals. New York biglaw is the easiest job to get from a top school. You will be doing the same work and have the same compensation as anyone else.
You should borrow less and use your earnings for savings, investments and financial independence. People don't think about the other uses they could have with their couple of grand a month instead of repaying loans.
Maybe start thinking about what you would do with an extra $200,000 or even an extra $25,000 a year? Try to put the debt in perspective.