I'm so through with people making me feel guilty about spending so much money as an international student! Tonight was the last straw. I was just getting off from work when this Indian dude starts talking about me and He asks,
"so did your family move here just for your studies?"
And I said, "No."
Then he goes into this super shocked expression
"so you're paying International fees?"
"That is 12 thousand dollars a year! Then you'll do animation for how long 3 years?"
"no, its a four year program"
"And how much is the fees for that?"
"I guess its around 20 thousand dollars per year"
"So by the time you graduate, you'd have spent around 100 thousand dollars!!!"
"umm... yeah I suppose so..."
And now I'm feeling really low. My day was going just great until this dude decides to screw around with me. So he said/implied I'm being a dick and paying/having my parents pay so much for my education unlike all others fortunate enough to be 'residents' of this country. - It might seem like too small a thing to be so pissed about, but its not! Think about it, there are so many people from all parts of the world doing that. I'm not the only one in the country!.. No, that's not a convincing statement. I'd like to correct my words - I'm not the only one in my FAMILY studying here as an International student. But while they had scholarships, and their program was not as long as mine would be,...
But the feeling - 'I am lucky enough that my parents can and do bear the burden of providing me such a good education'- would usually succeed in soothing the burning guilt of me being responsible for them spending such a lot. Wheres today, nothing seems to work. I was hoping that by the end of this post, I would have calmed down, but its only infuriating me more. Maybe watching some movie will do the trick