On a whim this morning (I have weird whims while I’m having my first-thing cup of coffee) I looked at my tax returns going back to 2007, which is the first time I filled out a pdf and thus have a copy saved on my computer. It was also the first full year I was in graduate school. It turns out that from 2007 through 2012 (the last full year I was a grad student), I made anywhere between $25,000 and $35,000 a year. While single and living in New York City.
My first thought is that it’s a good thing I don’t have any really expensive bad habits, like drinking or gambling. My second is that it’s a freaking miracle I made it out with only $19,000 in student loans.