how come i always ssee these less than 30k incomes in people chances threads. how do you even survive. perhaps it is because i live in southern california. i was just wondering what is your family income and where do you live/suburbs or city? if it is too personal dont post!
Location: Philadelphia, PA --> University of Pennsylvania '12
Oh, I live in Northeast Philly and my mother is not salaried and barely even has an earning capacity. My father owns a business in Voorhees but is estranged from the family and refuses to provide any financial assistance.
...while there are far more tactful ways that you could have asked that question, know that suburban socal = higher living costs and apparently a somewhat sheltered outlook on life (which contributes to why everyone around you has high incomes and why you cant imagine anyone living off 30K)
to be fair, im lucky to be from a upper-middle-class family (though it means i get the shaft in financial aid lol), but i have friends who have to spend a few years at community college before transferring to a state university because they, while smart, could not get a scholarship to those schools out of hs and cant afford the in-state tuition. being in a family living off of 30K, i imagine, would be difficult but not discouraging- the great thing about america is that with enough determination, someone can always move up tax brackets.
I suspect your motivation has a little more to do with self-validation than pure intellectual curiosity about the demographics of users on an online forum. Just saying...
But anyway, don't worry, if you end up at Penn there will be few poor students around to threaten your suburban sense of normality. Just watch out for those bums on the street. I'm wiling to bet their incomes are quite a bit lower than $30,000 a year...
It is this sort of crap that makes me wish I never came to Penn sometimes. Too many people seem to have this need to remind everyone in one way or another how well-off they are and how "impossible" it seems for someone with less money to survive.
If it's a legitimate question and you seriously can't understand how people can live off sub-30K, then at least I applaud you for trying to look outside your current world view. This school just drives me crazy sometimes because there are far too many people who ask questions like these for the sake of establishing financial superiority.