The Shame of Being Poor in Grad School

Katie Fustich
6 min readMay 21, 2021
Paris Hilton wearing a tank top that reads “Stop Being Poor.”

It’s a beautiful May afternoon. I’m fresh off a grueling week of final exams and last-minute efforts to round out my second year of law school. On Instagram, my friends and classmates are enjoying the sunshine, sipping brunch cocktails and taking panorama photographs of the sunsets dipping behind the water at the family lake house. I am strapping on my backpack, lacing up my tennis shoes, and opening the DoorDash app for…