Articles by

Michelle Bocanegra

03/31/17 9:00am
Photo via Ovum

Photo via Ovum

“Don’t sell your soul or your eggs, Sonja,” a friend wrote in Sonja O’Hara’s middle school yearbook.

Even as an adolescent, O’Hara had drive. She was a spunky Nova Scotian with an actress for a mother who, unlike the lot of mothers, whispered like the harsh wind into Sonja’s ear:

“Follow your dreams, little one!”

And she did, all the way to the U. S. of A.

Sonja soon realized chasing her acting dreams nearly three thousand miles away in Los Angeles would equal financial frustration. Seeking answers, she turned to Craigslist. (more…)

11/14/16 8:40am
If you can make it here, you might just make it anywhere. via flickr user Jan Ingar Grindheim

If you can make it here, you might just make it anywhere. via Flickr user Jan Ingar Grindheim

So you’ve got a bachelor’s degree, but you can’t get a job. Now what? As young and creative as this city is, graduate education continues to be the professional leg-up that often makes the difference between landing or missing out on a great job.

But education costs in the city remain at a stupid high. The Columbia Journalism School, for example, is home to one of the most sought-after master’s degrees in the world but costs $92,933 a year to attend. In 2011, Cuomo signed a piece of legislation that allowed typically low-cost CUNY and SUNY Institutions to increase its tuition by $250 annually between 2016 and 2021. And whether or not student loan forgiveness will be kind to your breed after 10 years of schlepping remains to be seen.

Saving for grad school is definitely going to take more than scaling back your daily coffee addiction and subway fare. But if, like me, you’re not keen on taking up sex work to pay for college — a seriously viable option too, fwiw — read up on a few other clever ways to save up for grad school that don’t involve taking your clothes off. These remote work solutions might just get you the master’s you’ve been waiting for.  (more…)