OP, there's nothing wrong with wanting to do PI and still going through OCI. In fact, given the difficulty of breaking into PI nowadays, it would be silly not to give yourself as many professional opportunities as possible. Also, I know a number of people, myself included, who are more PI leaning, but also still like making money and so want to see what other opportunities are out there. Also, PI people, again myself included, often realize that substantive areas usually associated with "private" practice are more interesting than anticipated, so again they see the value of pursuing multiple professional opportunities.
Granted, it's silly to then turn around and talk smack about private practice (which is silly regardless of your interest in private practice), but it sounds like you're generalizing from an isolated interaction with a kid who probably doesn't like thinking about how he struck out, once again like myself.
As far as the subsidization question. The answer is "yes," your tuition dollars do, to some extent, subsidize people who get PI. That's the whole point of LRAP. However your tuition also subsidizes meals for kids who go to those free lunch events held by certain organizations (which you may not want to support), and your tuition subsidizes scholarships received by all manner of students, etc. It's not an isolated thing, it's part of giving tuition to an institution that apportions money in a number of ways. Lastly, you're an idiot if you think that people who don't work hard are the people getting PI positions. They aren't; PI is hard to get. The people who just simply don't work are often getting nothing at all (with exceptions of course).
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