To bring that down to my level, I've come up with some nice equivalents to help myself out. Please stick with me until you find an equivalence that hits home:
- A Mercedes Benz SL550 with every option possible- $120,000
- A house somewhere in the mid west
- A Fender Stratocaster owned and played by Jimi Hendrix himself
- A 36' YACHT
- 75 Karats of Diamonds attached to a platinum necklace
- Over 9 pounds of solid gold at the current price of $795.20/oz.
- 80 years eating 4 items off the dollar menu at Wendy's every day
I am currently projected to have something on the order of $260,000 in debt after medical school. Sure it's "good debt" but really, I'm going to have to enter a fairly lucrative and short residency to actually be able to pay it off in a reasonable amount of time. My repayment plan calculator says that I'll be paying $3,000 a month at 6.8% for the next 10 years and that I will actually end up paying on the order of $360,000 when all is said and done. 6 digits of interest...great. At that rate, I'll be 26 when I get my MD, 29 by the time that I enter repayment after deferring for residency and 39 by the time that I finish repayment. Something to think about when you're filling out your AMCAS while watching Scrubs/Gray's Anatomy and thinking how awesome your life is going to be.