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Old 08-08-2017, 02:22 PM
 
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CAMBRIDGE, Mass. — Twelve years after finishing Harvard’s graduate theater program, Katierose Donohue still pays almost as much in student loans each month — about $650 — as for her share of the rent in Los Angeles. She recently stopped hosting her monthly sketch comedy show, “Ma’am,” because she didn’t always break even on her $200 budget. She’s now working side jobs as a dog walker and a social media copywriter, after past gigs serving at Starbucks and handing out free cigarettes for Camel.


She should have gone to community college if she wanted to do community theater!

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Old 08-08-2017, 02:47 PM
 
Location: Grosse Ile Michigan
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LA is a terrible place to try to get started as an actor. A million kids scrabbling around certain they will be "discovered" the moment a casting director for a movie walks into their restaurant. Go somewhere less packed full of wannbees and get some experience. Eventually you may have a resume that will get a casting peon to look at you for a small movie part. If nothing comes of it, you will at least have equity, then you can make a good living charging all those idiots in LA $100 an hour for acting lessons. You can make a decent living doing that. They do not care if you teach them anything, They just want to put on their resume they studied under an equity actor or actress. IF she stays in LA in 20 years she will still be a waitress, still be paying on her loans and still be paying some small time equity actress $100 an hour for lessons.
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Old 08-08-2017, 02:50 PM
 
Location: on the wind
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Maybe she should have opted for the "deluxe" degree package (upgrade for just a few more thousand) that would have given her an employable skill so she could pay back that loan a little faster once she graduated. Pretty sad story.
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Old 08-08-2017, 02:54 PM
 
Location: San Diego
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Pretty poor decision making.
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Old 08-08-2017, 07:49 PM
 
Location: Back in the Mitten. Formerly NC
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1. If she only owes $75K, she is actually doing pretty well. My step brother went to a bottom tiered state college and racked up more than that.

2. How was she smart enough to be admitted if she didn't have the intelligence to foresee this problem? I mean, Harvard + her degree & career choice rarely equals money.....
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Old 08-08-2017, 08:02 PM
 
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CAMBRIDGE, Mass. — Twelve years after finishing Harvard’s graduate theater program, Katierose Donohue still pays almost as much in student loans each month — about $650 — as for her share of the rent in Los Angeles. She recently stopped hosting her monthly sketch comedy show, “Ma’am,” because she didn’t always break even on her $200 budget. She’s now working side jobs as a dog walker and a social media copywriter, after past gigs serving at Starbucks and handing out free cigarettes for Camel.

She’s never missed a loan payment, but there’s no end in sight: She borrowed nearly $75,000 to attend the American Repertory Theater Institute at Harvard and still owes about $54,000.


She should have gone to community college if she wanted to do community theater!
She only needs one good gig that will pay off the loan.💰 It's Hollywood! 🎞You never know...🌠 I hope she lands it.🌈I know many may think her degree was a mistake, but if it is her 'calling' who are we to say?🔮 Everyone benefits from entertainment. 🎭
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Old 08-10-2017, 06:20 AM
 
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This scares me because my major is also useless. If I don't get into a top tier law school it's time to become a self taught programmer.
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Old 08-10-2017, 08:34 AM
 
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This scares me because my major is also useless. If I don't get into a top tier law school it's time to become a self taught programmer.
Her major is not useless, she just went the most low-paying, risky path with it. There are graduate theater programs that provide much more aid.

Plus it's a graudate degree up for discussion here, not undergrad.
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Old 08-10-2017, 08:34 AM
 
Location: Grosse Ile Michigan
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This scares me because my major is also useless. If I don't get into a top tier law school it's time to become a self taught programmer.
Unless you either go to that top tier law school and graduate int he top quarter, have solid business connections aor are an absolutely remarkable salesman, a law degree will also be essentially useless. You als may very well find yourself trapped by loan debt in a job you find intolerable. The legal profession is not what it was. It is overcrowded, ugly and dirty. The process of rising to success is horrible and can ruin your life and/or turn you into a rotten person. There are a lot more jobs and in many cases better pay for a programmer, but you will probably need a degree unless you somehow demonstrate equivalent knowledge and skills (like develop and patent a software system).
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Old 08-10-2017, 10:38 PM
 
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Her major is not useless, she just went the most low-paying, risky path with it. There are graduate theater programs that provide much more aid.

Plus it's a graudate degree up for discussion here, not undergrad.
Actually, that major is pretty worthless.
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