Bowing down to the demon ramen and other collegiate culinary indignities and delights
September 10th, 2012
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Editor's note: this is a part of FN Dish's Back to School Communal Table. Follow #pullupachair on Twitter and see other contributions below.

Sometimes, late in the night, the craving comes to me. I fight it, as I must, for the sake of decency and taste and everything I have strived for as a grown-up human being. I cannot...I will not...I must not...pour bottled Zesty Italian salad dressing over a heap of drained ramen noodles and slurp down the whole hot, harsh mess hunched over the kitchen counter in my bare feet. Even though (as I recall) it would be freaking delicious.

I swore an oath as art school ended - my best friend and I vowing in a low-rent, modern-day Scarlett O'Hara sort of way that we'd never again sustain ourselves on $.25 noodle packets, generic mac & cheese, off-label dried soup packets, past-their-sell-by-date baked goods and the other cheap but filling foodstuffs that have sustained broke students since the dawn of time (or at least the invention of the microwave). "Bowing down to the demon ramen," she called it. I nodded and agreed - she'd just always known better about grown-up things like that - but that didn't stop the pangs.

A few of my other college favorites:

– Boxed spaghetti with margarine (seriously - who could afford butter?), black pepper, curry powder and as much shake-on Parmesan cheese as I could spirit out of the pizza place in a napkin

– Boxed macaroni & cheese made with either the margarine or the milk (buying both at once wasn't in the cards most weeks) and as many mustard packets as I could get my paint-stained paws on

– Salad bar vegetables stir fried with peanut butter, duck sauce packets, white rice and an egg in my electric wok

– Baked potatoes with globs of cheap hot sauce or barbecue sauce mashed in with a fork

I'm ostensibly a grown-up lady now, one with actual metal silverware that didn't come as a supermarket giveaway, wedding china, cups not acquired at ballgames and fast food restaurants, and I swear I haven't hoarded condiment packets for at least a decade. But I can't say I'm not physically restraining myself from running down to the dollar store, nabbing the cheapest brick and bottle I can find, and shame-eating the whole concoction with the blinds down.

Let me know I'm not alone - post your favorite college food concoction in the comments below and we'll share them in an upcoming post.

I...have an errand to run...

P.S. Yes - ramen can be extremely fantastic, artistic and artisanal. I just didn't know that in college. Here are a few ways our iReporters like to get their ramen on.

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  1. Brian

    My favorite after Thursday Night Penny Draft was a Perogie sandwich. I would warm up (2) perogies in the microwave put them in a sandwich with a piece of american cheese with Taco Bell hot sauce, salsa, or sour cream...sometimes all of the above. Mmmmm Goood!

    September 10, 2012 at 1:52 pm |
  2. forever paying loans

    Hot Sauce Sandwiches! Siracha + "Enriched white bread"

    Does anyone else notice that "enriched" bread never really goes bad?

    September 10, 2012 at 1:52 pm |
  3. Mark

    I feel bad for those that eat Ramen! I can't even eat Ramen anymore because it's just too disgusting. I have to go to Chinatown in Center City Philadephia and get my Tum Yum flavored Mama noodles, which are so much better. I;ll use a mini rice cooker and cook the noddles in there. I'll heat up some Campbell's Chicken Noodle soup in the rice cooker too. You can add any kind of meat or seafood you want and it'll make it even better.

    September 10, 2012 at 1:52 pm |
  4. Cate Cole

    My husband and I lived on mac and cheese and grilled bologna and cheese sandwiches after we moved off campus. There were times when we had to feed our animals first and only had enough left over for cans of soup. Those were the days.

    September 10, 2012 at 1:51 pm |
  5. Mittens Romnutts

    Stove Top stuffing in taco shells with tabasco sauce. Best stoner food ever! Try it before you criticize.

    September 10, 2012 at 1:50 pm |
  6. Scott

    (1) loaf of Italian bread.
    (1) jar of cheap pizza sauce
    (1) package of cheap imitation mozzarella

    That's four small pizza's right there.

    September 10, 2012 at 1:50 pm |
  7. Shan

    Grew up in India....here are the most frequent meals..
    Lunch : Hot rice in buttermilk with salt + raw onions and Chillies.
    Dinner : Scrambled egg (with onion and chilies, cooked with the egg) sandwich made over an illegal electiric stove in the dorm room.

    September 10, 2012 at 1:50 pm |
  8. ThomRob

    chicken, chicken, chicken. My roommate and I can eat a chicken dinner with Iceberg salad and canned fruit for about a dollar each. Which I can easily pick up in recycling while running in the morning.

    September 10, 2012 at 1:46 pm |
  9. Nuzzy

    Spaghetti with butter, honey and parmesean. No, I wasn't pregnant.

    September 10, 2012 at 1:45 pm |
  10. Nick B

    Protein shakes with bulk, uncooked oatmeal, glob of peanut butter, and the cheapest milk i could find. Each meal was about 40 cents and had around 800 calories. One of those in the morning and I was good through afternoon classes. Top the evening off with pasta or beer.

    September 10, 2012 at 1:45 pm |
  11. southern girl

    ramen, boiled/drained; any 'meat' or 'meat like' substance i could find (normally really cheap hamburger i had sectioned into single servings in sandwhich bags and tossed into the freezer or hotdogs i had found on sale); and 1/2cup of ONE frozen vege... pan-fried, toss in the ramen at the end with the seasoning packet, and normally eat it for next 2 meals LOL – another cheat was buying rice-a-roni on sale, prepare it per directions (except with margarine, not butter), and make that into 2-3 meals – i too was also a huge fan of mock-tuna casserole LOL (ie box of generic mac/cheese, milk, can of tuna, and if i was lucky, a spoon of mayo – with a dash of chili powder – because i could buy a big bottle of chili powder for 50cents, whereas paprika was a couple of $$) – and i'm sorry, 20years ago students could NOT get food stamps... you either got money from your parents, worked, got really good at pocketing items at the cafeteria, or starved

    September 10, 2012 at 1:43 pm |
  12. camobeef24

    I can't believe no one has mentioned potted meat or Vienna sausages. You could eat both either on a sandwich or crackers with mustard. What about pork and beans? Make your own beanie weenies with hot dogs and pork and beans. Or you could just eat the pork and beans out of the can too. My favorite is the pasta with just butter and salt. I still love it. Make your own pizza. Toast piece of bread with Prego and cheese on top. Cheese burrito or just a can of re-fried beans.

    September 10, 2012 at 1:42 pm |
    • TheGoodOldDays72

      WOW! Your story sounds something like my college days but, we made it. I remember bringing port chop from the cafeteria that was not completely cooked and cooking them. In my day we had to use a hot plate. We brought pots, pan and whatever we needed from home to cook with. We had it. I remember eating vienna sausages and potted meat on crackers. Sardins with mustard, onions, and pepper with crackers. You are right again. I had pork and beans sometimes heated and most of the time right out of the can. I (We) made sure to go to the cafeteria on Sunday, Why? We got only two meals and a grab bag for supper. The grab bag did not have much but, we made it until Monday. Monday though Saturday we got three meals a day. We ate just in case they had something we liked. Our breakfast was good most of the time. We could drink milk until there wasn't any. The milk was fresh from the cows. WOW! Great days then. So you see, the college students have it easier than un. I am sure I didn't list all we ate that just had to share my good days.

      September 10, 2012 at 2:18 pm |
    • TheGoodOldDays72

      WOW! Your story sounds something like my college days but, we made it. I remember bringing port chop from the cafeteria that was not completely cooked and cooking them. In my day we had to use a hot plate. We brought pots, pan and whatever We ate sardins with mustard, onions, and pepper with crackers. I (We) made sure to go to the cafeteria on Sunday, Why? We got only two meals and a grab bag for supper. The grab bag did not have much but, we made it until Monday. Monday though Saturday we got three meals a day. We ate just in case they had something we liked. Our breakfast was good most of the time. We could drink milk until there wasn't any. The milk was fresh from the cows. WOW! Great days then. Today things are much better. Although I wouldn't change what I had to do to get where I am today.

      September 10, 2012 at 2:28 pm |
    • Loren

      Oh, potted meat and vienna sausages! Vienna sausages went into Ramen, or was sauteed w/ frozen &/or fresh veggies in soy sauce and "duck sauce" condiment packets from chinese restaurant, then served over rice (sometimes leftover boiled rice from the same retaurant – all my friends knew that I'd take any uneaten cartons of white rice sent w/ their delivery chinese meals off their hands; I hated to see it go to waste when I could get 2-3 meals from it and they were just going to throw it out.). Or just heat Vienna sausage in microwave and serve w/dipping sauce of mayo mixed w/ketchup or honey mustard, or oriental 'sweet chili' sauce. (sometimes cut up into the 'dipping sauce' and then put between 2 slices white bread to get some carbs along with the fat!

      Potted meat – when my parents were newly married and just finishing med school, they apparently ate so much potted meat (mostly as sandwiches w/mayo and sweet pickle relish) that my dad refused point blank ever to eat it again. I reached that point after a month where I was unusually broke for some reason – can't remember why – and after a week all I had left in the house was regular (long cooking) oat meal and instant mashed potatoes (a HUGE can of dried potato flakes) and for some reason about a dozen cans of potted meat (I think they had been on sale for 8/dollar). No bread or any way to make any. I mixed the potted meat right into the instant mashed potatoes ( made with ultra cheap margarine and water) and used up a couple of nearly empty packets of frozen vegs, After second week, it was just oatmeal in the morning (with stolen packets of sugar)(cooked with water), and in the evening, mashed potatoes cooked with water and seasoned w/ a cheap "chef shake" mixed spice blend, with the potted meat mixed in. 1 can at firs then 1/2 a can towards the end of the month. After 2 weeks of this diet, the month was over and my parents sent me my next month's 75 dollar "allowance" (out of which I paid my phone bill and bought all other necessities of life, ie food, toilet paper, soap, etc (it was 1982)). Just before my allowance arrived a student who I barely knew from my computer lab took pity on me and took me on a "date" to a local cafeteria style restaurant. I had warned him ahead of time that I was really hungry, but he just waved his hand and said "Get what you want". I found out later that he had overheard me describing to a girlfriend of mine exactly WHY I couldn't go out to the movies with her even though "Raiders of the Lost Ark" was playing for a dollar – if I'd had a dollar I'd have spent it on food.(probably ramen!) Apparently he heard me telling her about my 'recipe' for pink mashed potatoes and was truly upset to think any one he knew was reduced to such extremities. I was amused by that but really grateful for that date. I NEVER touched potted meat again after that month, though. After a few days of mixing the potted meat into the instant mash, I'd have given a lot for a dozen eggs and a can of Vienna sausage! ;)

      September 11, 2012 at 8:09 am |
  13. Caroline

    stovetop stuffing with canned chicken and can of cream of chicken soup, all generic brans, in the microwave. lived on that and popcorn sophmore year.

    September 10, 2012 at 1:42 pm |
    • Maty

      We used to eat Stove Top with yellow mustard, sometimes that was all there was.

      September 10, 2012 at 1:48 pm |
  14. ChrisM

    Sneak as many packets of ketchup out of a fast food joint as you can without getting caught, mix with hot water – voila! Tomato soup.

    September 10, 2012 at 1:42 pm |
  15. ExChef Too

    Cook ramen, drain, add walmart oil and balsamic vinegar, salt and pepper, italian seasoning = fantastic italian "pasta" salad. Every now and then i would add little bits of diced chicken and boiled it with ramen so it cooked through. Used to eat that at least 3-5 times a week. And always had Totino's cheese pizzas for my drunk nights, They used to only be $0.75 a pop. My junior and senior years of college I ate good as I worked at a fine dining steakhouse in Orlando and regularly made myself ahi, filets, ribeyes, and lamb chops.

    September 10, 2012 at 1:40 pm |
  16. cdmoom2004

    My favorites were ramen noodles, drained, add margarine and the flavor pack. Also, liked frozen bean burritos (4 for $1.00), with american cheese melted on top and sour cream. Made lots of mac and cheese (.25/box) without milk, only a little margarine.

    September 10, 2012 at 1:38 pm |
  17. M.E.

    Those industrial looking cans of Hunts pasta sauce aren't actually that bad. Spaghetti with that on it is passable. My aunt and uncle always sent me $100 Whole Foods gift cards for christmas, so we figured out how to stretch hose and my now-husband and I would eat like kings for a few weeks in january. I do on occasion still get ramen cravings though, it's nice in the winter.

    September 10, 2012 at 1:37 pm |
  18. Trish in Texas

    Unfortunately, in my retirement I'm back eating ramen several days a week.

    September 10, 2012 at 1:36 pm |
  19. jt

    beef flavored ramen and chicken flavor ramen... surf & turf

    September 10, 2012 at 1:36 pm |
    • jt

      correction beef or chicken mixed with shrimp

      September 10, 2012 at 1:38 pm |
    • Will

      Nah, Beef and Shrimp are Surf n Turf. Not sure what Beef and Chicken would be (Turf n Coop?)

      September 10, 2012 at 1:41 pm |
  20. Mark L

    Mac and Cheese with twice the butter and no milk

    Also, uncooked chicken ramen noodles. Break them up then shake on the flavor packet, eat from package. YUM!

    September 10, 2012 at 1:36 pm |
  21. Ferd

    the generic breakfast bar for dessert. Pop it in the microwave for ONLY a couple of seconds and you have a warm (sometimes burnt) pie!

    September 10, 2012 at 1:35 pm |
  22. Kiran

    Ramen cooked with egg (and veggies if available)and ketchup

    September 10, 2012 at 1:34 pm |
  23. Freebs

    Cheese quesadillas. Supermarket brand cheese on BOGO, tortillas, a skillet and you've got yourself a meal. I do still make this sometimes but now I can afford some sour cream to go with it.

    September 10, 2012 at 1:34 pm |
    • VladT

      Though a variation on a standard burrito, I often subsisted on bean and cheese quesadillas as well ( cheap source of filling protein, plus ways to entertain drunk buddies later )

      September 11, 2012 at 7:36 am |
  24. LadyS

    I was in a college club. They ordered Pizza Hut for ea meeting. Every week I'd take one or 2 of those left over pizzas and eat it every day for dinner until it was all gone. Loved it.

    September 10, 2012 at 1:34 pm |
  25. Fud

    Totino's pizza cooked in the microwave (assuming you had a freezer). You could get them for about 50 cents on sale.

    September 10, 2012 at 1:33 pm |
  26. Matt

    My roommates used to live off of McDonald's $.29 hamburgers. They would buy 30 at a time and microwave them all week long.

    September 10, 2012 at 1:33 pm |
  27. Margaret

    Noodles or rice mixed with tuna. If I had a little extra $$, then tomato soup (I still crave it). I lived for a year by eating one corn dog and a 7up a day. How did I survive??? I once lived for several weeks on nothing but brown rice. ahhh college days.

    September 10, 2012 at 1:33 pm |
  28. Becky

    Mac & Cheese with healthy choice turkey sausage and frozen peas all mixed in a bowl – yummy!

    September 10, 2012 at 1:31 pm |
    • Foodie

      white rice with cheese

      mac and cheese with sausages

      saltines and peanut butter (or just butter)

      September 10, 2012 at 1:39 pm |
  29. Tamiko

    Campbell's Beef & Barley Soup poured over a cup of cooked rice. I called it goulash.

    September 10, 2012 at 1:30 pm |
  30. Steve

    I made cheapo "chilli" (that tasted nothing like chilli)... can of pork and beans, chilli powder, pepper, cubes of fried spam, and melted in processed cheese slices.

    September 10, 2012 at 1:29 pm |
  31. Jim908

    Shouldn't we be yelling about liberals or talking smack about Romney's hair or something?

    September 10, 2012 at 1:29 pm |
    • kuewa

      Well, now that you mention it, it could be interesting to compare the college meals: Obama vs. Romney. I'm betting that Romney never had to subsist on Velveeta and stale bread, much less ramen noodles.

      September 10, 2012 at 1:37 pm |
      • VladT

        ....and this is something to be upset at? Envy is a deadly sin ( according to Christians, or so I am told )

        September 11, 2012 at 7:34 am |
  32. ScottLA TX LA TN AR

    Generic mac & cheese 3 / $1, ham (cheap thin slices)...yummy! If I'm feeling rich, add a slice of imitation cheese for gourmet texture.

    Also $.79 Totino's pizza with imitation cheese slices for the extra cheesyness!

    Can't beat the $.20 Ramens for sho!

    September 10, 2012 at 1:26 pm |
  33. Dude

    Now in my late-30's I've upgraded from the 25 cents a pack ramen to the gourmet 75 cents a pack ramen from the Asian grocery stores. They're even more delicious!

    September 10, 2012 at 1:26 pm |
    • aida

      lolol!!!

      September 10, 2012 at 1:58 pm |
    • Christina

      LMAO.

      Im in my late thirties as well and STILL eat the 25ct Ramen! haha.

      September 10, 2012 at 7:41 pm |
    • Loren

      Shin Raymun Black FTW! lol

      Seriously though, some of the ones imported from Asia are actually very good. Doctor up w/ fresh veggies cut up very small, some green onion &/or cilantro, and poach an egg in the cooking broth. Yummy. Or, if Shin Raymun isn't quite your speed, try Indomie Mi Goreng w/ a fried over easy egg. Not more than once a week if you are over thirty though, or the salt will kill ya – can you say hypertension? Many of the import brands have several seasoning packs, including things like fried shallots, 'sweet' soy sauce (kecap manis), or sweet chili sauce, which helps improve their flavor a lot. I usually add nearly a cup of various fresh/frozen veggies and a little extra water, so that the sodium & fat are diluted and the meal is a lot healthier.

      September 11, 2012 at 8:24 am |
  34. GO BUCKEYES

    I just drank my way through hunger. Beer was cheaper than food.

    September 10, 2012 at 1:25 pm |
  35. chad dunn

    last bit of nacho doritos? not a problem crunch up into crumbs almost fine,leave in bag,boil ramen any flavor you like drain add season packet mix with ramen,then slice up cheap lunch meat or any kind of left over meat substance i preferd summer sausage...cut dorrito bag down both sides spread out crumbs lay ramen and meat at one end of crumbs roll up and let sit for a couple min unwrap bam! its a dorrito ramen tamle add hot sauce prefer taco bell and enjoy

    September 10, 2012 at 1:24 pm |
  36. Mark Kurtz

    Peanut butter and sliced banana sandwich

    September 10, 2012 at 1:22 pm |
    • Melanie

      Are you the Mark Kurtz formerly of NJ, now living in Delaware?

      September 10, 2012 at 1:25 pm |
  37. Melanie

    I like all the comments -funny stuff for a change, and nobody is getting bashed. Now that's rare.

    September 10, 2012 at 1:22 pm |
    • sam

      Reading through the comments, I find that I'm probably not the only one who would raise an eyebrow at anyone who actually eats ramen like soup. It's always best with the water drained. What I liked to do is get the chili flavor ramen, drained of course, and put the pile between bread with a slice of cheese. I'm convinced ramen secretly wants to be a sandwich.

      September 10, 2012 at 2:01 pm |
      • Christina

        Agreed! I drain mine as well!

        September 10, 2012 at 7:44 pm |
  38. Kei

    Loads of BOGO generic cereal and rice.

    September 10, 2012 at 1:20 pm |
  39. Mike

    For a person who was self concience and a fitness weight lifting buff, I had to have my protein. I ate lots of tuna and crackers. I remember some of the cheaper tuna was 33 cents a can. Also, of course lots of Ramen and HEB cooked but frozen chicken. All I had was a microwave.

    September 10, 2012 at 1:18 pm |
  40. Maggie

    All you need to do is mix some fresh veggies, shrimp or meat and you have got yourself a meal.

    September 10, 2012 at 1:18 pm |
    • GO BUCKEYES

      Must be a republican. You expect broke college kids to have SHRIMP and FRESH VEGGIES on hand?

      Wish I grew up with a diamond covered golden spoon up my @$$ like you obviously did.

      September 10, 2012 at 1:27 pm |
      • Christina

        LMAOOO Buck...I was thinking the same thing!! I can barely afford the noodles, how in the world do you expect people like me to buy SHRIMP??? *smh*

        September 10, 2012 at 7:46 pm |
      • VladT

        Yes, my middle class parents sent me off to school with three appleseeds, a drop of water, and a spoonful of manure and wished me luck.

        Oh wait, no, they taught me how to budget, rather then feel better about ourselves by insulting (poorly and unintelligently, mind you) people who we perceive to be better off financially.

        I must've been eating all the Progresso Tomato Basil with mac and cheese with my middle class silver spoon. And by the way, frozen shrimp is not that expensive. Its about the same price as the bags of frozen chicken.

        September 11, 2012 at 7:32 am |
  41. jerseygirl

    My specialty was a slice of American cheese melted over plain pasta with frozen California mixed vegetables. Sometimes I would add some salt and pepper on top.

    September 10, 2012 at 1:17 pm |
  42. Mary-Lynn

    I had ramen for dinner last night. I'm 30. It was still horribly delicious.

    September 10, 2012 at 1:16 pm |
    • Maggie

      I'm having it for lunch today. The article and all of you made me hungry.

      September 10, 2012 at 1:19 pm |
  43. NJGirlinNC

    Ramen (beef or chicken) w/ sour cream. Must admit, I still crave it from time to time.

    September 10, 2012 at 1:16 pm |
    • Demian Phillips

      My ramen ended up drained, and mixed with 1-2 slices american cheese, 2 tablespoons of mustard, and about 4 scoops (1/4 cup) nutritional yeast. Loved it.

      September 10, 2012 at 1:31 pm |
  44. Mitt Romney

    Caviar served over roasted duck with a side of truffle potatoes. Drank it down with some French red wine.

    Life was tough. I had to sell some of my daddy's stock to get by and because I was so busy at school, I had no time to work. Just ask my wife.

    September 10, 2012 at 1:16 pm |
    • Cindy Bates

      Cute! Very cute!

      September 10, 2012 at 1:28 pm |
    • LadyS

      LOL.
      Good ol' Mitt.

      September 10, 2012 at 1:31 pm |
    • GrimlinKnight

      That was awesome... ...I'm pissed, cause it's probably true, but it's funny. My mind doesn't know what to do.

      September 10, 2012 at 1:56 pm |
    • bobbiLee

      You made my day. Great comment!

      September 10, 2012 at 4:27 pm |
    • Christina

      lmao so true!

      September 10, 2012 at 7:48 pm |
    • VladT

      Your envy belies your attempt at humor. Not a Romney supporter, but take your hatred of families who had a "richer daddy" then yours to the political forum.

      I want to hear more about Ramen and the like, not ill-conceived jokes that pander to the Anti-Romney crowd

      September 11, 2012 at 7:30 am |
  45. Breezin'

    Cheap chow was Miracle Whip and bologna sammies, GENERIC Chef-Boy-Ar-Dee, or Lipton Cup-a Soup. I still like ramen noodles once in a while, but I also found a recipe that uses them to make a main dish casserole that is quite good. You use chicken ramen noodles, monterey jack cheese, small can of green chiles, sour cream and diced chicken breast. Top it with crushed tostitos chips and bake. Really good!

    September 10, 2012 at 1:15 pm |
  46. jenaay

    Cottage cheese with ketsup. Apple with peanut butter (out of the jar, with a knife or finger). Pot pies (they were REALLY cheap back in the dark ages when I was in college).

    September 10, 2012 at 1:15 pm |
  47. Sierra Crozier

    Ramen noodles mixed with inexpensive tuna and mayonnaise. Flavour with pepper and salt.

    September 10, 2012 at 1:15 pm |
  48. ChrisInLA

    Poor Guy's Stroganoff: ground beef, condensed mushroom soup, sour cream, a dash of garlic and nutmeg, over egg noodles.

    September 10, 2012 at 1:14 pm |
    • Breezin'

      Actually, that sounds really good!

      September 10, 2012 at 1:16 pm |
      • ChrisInLA

        Actually, the ghosts in my hall of memories are telling me the same. Even with such rudimentary recipes, I had more success dating by cooking meals for my dates than my roommate had plying with alcohol.

        September 10, 2012 at 1:19 pm |
        • esmiranda

          It appears you have class, Chris. Your roommate – not so much.

          September 10, 2012 at 1:59 pm |
      • ohioan

        that is good. my dad used to make that for dinner all the time when I was growing up

        September 11, 2012 at 12:30 pm |
  49. Ally

    bulk spaghetti with parmesan cheese and garlic salt or canned tomato sauce. I even learned exactly how much water to put in the bowl so I didn't have to drain it into the water fountain in the hallway.

    September 10, 2012 at 1:13 pm |
  50. ExCook

    Well I did not eat any of that crap. I worked as a cook while I was in Art school and ate well. I majored in FINE ARTS and dabbled in Illustration and Computer design (back in the stone age on mac quadras!) Now i'm a graphic designer and make more money than I can shake a stick at.

    September 10, 2012 at 1:12 pm |
    • ExCook

      Oh, I also paid for my entire school bill (5 year plan – had to take 1 year off to do it) myself... got some loans and some scholarship cash to help.

      September 10, 2012 at 1:14 pm |
      • slupdawg

        Oh yeah? Well I didn't even have to pay back any money for my degree, so go pump yourself, showoff.

        September 10, 2012 at 1:18 pm |
      • Foodpimp

        I didn't know working as a fluffer could be so lucrative. Did you get major medical and dental with that?

        September 10, 2012 at 1:23 pm |
    • Lucifer's Evil Twin

      The Army paid for my school...

      September 10, 2012 at 1:21 pm |
    • Eat

      Good for you-ex cook. It was the common utterance: You artist- you'll starve, you'll starve. you'll starve.
      That was worse pre computer era. Sometimes, pushing on with what you love may mean a long, satisfying career.
      Don't always listen to the masses.

      September 10, 2012 at 2:56 pm |
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