Friday, July 27, 2012

True cost of a dental education

This story made me cringe.

About fifty years ago, a twenty-something kid went up to Seoul to study. His parents wired him tuition money each semester. And at the end of four years, his parents came up for his graduation. Only there was no graduation. He hadn’t gone to college at all.

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Instead he had been buying land with the money. Not just any land- land near the flowing river in Gangnam. Over the years (and now decades later) the value of the land has skyrocketed (“average market price of Gangnam real estate has multipled by 500,000 times over the past 50 years”- WTF???). He’s now richer than he could have ever dreamed of, because of a little financial savv and his young fearless wisdom- thinking for himself, carving out a different path, seeing the true value of the money.

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We are investing time (our beautiful youth) and money. All this money didn’t come for free- someone had to work hard for these pennies and dimes- or loans which may equal years of budgeting and worrying. Because dental school is unbelievably, mind-blowingly, ridiculously expensive. Plus all our late-night misery, hours spent sitting (sitting is the next big killer) and perhaps our sanity for this degree. And all this for what? We all need an answer that keeps us asleep at night, something to justify this enormous cost of our dental school education.

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  1. And at the end of four years, his parents came up for his graduation. Only there was no graduation. He hadn’t gone to college at all. affordable dentist

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