Med school and rich folks

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  1. chef

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    During my undergrad years, I was surprised to see so many college students driving really expensive cars, like BMW or Mercedes Benz coupes, sports cars, etc and coming to school in those cars everyday.

    Are medical schools the same? I have a feeling that b/c the class sizes are so much smaller than an avg undergrad class, people will figure out "who's who" much faster -
     
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    Does it matter?
     
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    I have a four year old VW Jetta that I figure will have to last me another six years, at least. Maybe if I keeep it nice and shiny, people will be more impressed. <img border="0" title="" alt="[Wink]" src="wink.gif" />
     
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    What does this have to do with anything?
     
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    You should see the cars that some people in my undergrad drive. Beautiful!! However, I never felt bad about driving my Toyota Corolla to school. In medical school, I'm sure there will be some people who drive incredible cars, but who really cares? It has nothing to do with me, so it doesn't concern me. Throughout life, you will encounter people who have more money and better cars. Just learn to deal with it.
     
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    Some kids who have nice cars take everything for granted. I'd rather see someone with a nice car doing something with his/her life instead of wasting all of the opportunities given them.
     
  8. Amy B

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    Where do you go to school? Maybe it is a different group of students than I go to school with in downtown Richmond at VCU. Although you do have some expensive cars, most are just average make and models. I did notice the older students, myself included, drive bigger models. I have a newer mini van, but my husband works and I have kids and carpools and field trips.... so I need a van and it is not used to show off.
     
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    Does it matter? Who cares?
    I drive a car I bought for 3K...does it matter? It's sole purpose is to get me to and from work...
     
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    I have an extreme scooter

    and a bus pass. <img src="http://a256.g.akamai.net/7/256/5527/V001/forums.fanhome.com/images/smilies/icon_smile_shy.gif" alt="" />
     
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    This thread is turning is what kinda car med students drive.. In High school and College, many kids had very nice cars so they can pick up girls.

    Throughout college, my bus pass and my "hekka cool" scooter didn't work that well for me.

    You think 'Yea I study at the School of Medicine' will help any?

    j/k <img border="0" title="" alt="[Wink]" src="wink.gif" /> I think whatever with wheels is good enough to get you places. If you're judge by your mode of transportation, then it's best to just keep those people as acquaintances :)
     
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    In my experience so far, it's been a pretty similar socioeconomic make-up as in college. I'm not so sure about the *nice* cars, but you will have a lot of classmates who are able to take spring or summer break trips to the Caribbean, Mexico, or Europe, who have parents who buy them condos, and who don't have to take out loans. But, because there is less vacation time as in college, and because people are getting more settled down with sig. others, spouses, and children, I think the socioeconomic distinctions are a little less noticeable than they were in college.
     
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    </font><blockquote><font size="1" face="Verdana, Helvetica, sans-serif">quote:</font><hr /><font size="2" face="Verdana, Helvetica, sans-serif">Originally posted by Accept me:
    <strong>I didn't mean for it to sound like that. I was just saying that no one is going to be able to figure out if I'm rich. BTW, even without cars I'm sure richies (we'll call them) find other ways to let people know "who's who".</strong></font><hr /></blockquote><font size="2" face="Verdana, Helvetica, sans-serif">Who the **** to you hang out with that you have this complex about money? "I'm sure richies find other ways to let people know 'who's who.'"!!!! You must know some really ****ed up people, because the wealthiest people I know are also some of the most down to earth and unassuming people I know. I don't know why you seem to care what other people think of you or allow other people's opinions shape your self-image. How much money you have is nobody's business but yours, just like how much money other people has is none of your ****ing business either. Get a life and grow up.
     
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    Many people 'rich' folks are not 'richies.' IMO, 'richies' show off what they have. there's no need to flame. calm down bjc.

    Accept_me, you misunderstood me. I was just making a general comment about the kids at my high school and college. It's obvious their overseas parents bought them their happiness in the form of BMW's and sports cars. whatever.

    There's nothing wrong with working hard for what you want. One day, I'd like to have a 'sick ride.' Then I'll use it to pick up Lavndrrose (after I drop off Determined Little Korean Girl with it) <img border="0" title="" alt="[Wink]" src="wink.gif" />

    Hey, life is short. Go wild and treat yourself once in a while. You worked hard, you deserve it.
     
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    </font><blockquote><font size="1" face="Verdana, Helvetica, sans-serif">quote:</font><hr /><font size="2" face="Verdana, Helvetica, sans-serif">Originally posted by Still lurking (Amy Beth) at SDN:
    <strong> I have a newer mini van, but my husband works and I have kids and carpools and field trips.... so I need a van and it is not used to show off.</strong></font><hr /></blockquote><font size="2" face="Verdana, Helvetica, sans-serif">Show off? In a minivan? I didn't even realize that was possible!
     
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    A member of the saudi royal family was at my undergraduate school - he had his own fleet with drivers to boot. Nice person too.
     
  18. Amy B

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    Of course you can show off in a mini van :D :D :D :D :D :D

    </font><blockquote><font size="1" face="Verdana, Helvetica, sans-serif">quote:</font><hr /><font size="2" face="Verdana, Helvetica, sans-serif">Originally posted by mongoose:
    <strong> </font><blockquote><font size="1" face="Verdana, Helvetica, sans-serif">quote:</font><hr /><font size="2" face="Verdana, Helvetica, sans-serif">Originally posted by Still lurking (Amy Beth) at SDN:
    <strong> I have a newer mini van, but my husband works and I have kids and carpools and field trips.... so I need a van and it is not used to show off.</strong></font><hr /></blockquote><font size="2" face="Verdana, Helvetica, sans-serif">Show off? In a minivan? I didn't even realize that was possible!</strong></font><hr /></blockquote><font size="2" face="Verdana, Helvetica, sans-serif">
     
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    You must have seen me. I drive to school in an M5. Sorry man, I was born rich!!! :D

    Seriously, who give a rat about what one drives? My car is six years old, going on seven and I am going to keep it for another six, until I finish residency and I plan to do orthopedics! it will rust before i ditch it! Still, it's an M5!! muhahahahaah
     
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    There's a kid here who drives a brand new hummer. For god's sake man....a hummer? Also, asian international students seem to drive the BMW's and other expensive cars here. I imagine since their parents have the money to send them to another country for school that they have enough money to buy them a nice car. But they probably have to raise their own money to buy one of those rediculous spoilers.

    On a side note:
    Is there anyway we can remove the word "hecka" from the english language? That is the most brady bunch thing I've ever heard....Hecka? That sounds like something youd hear if you were sitting in a volvo on the way to bible study or something.
     
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    HEY guys,
    I guess what I really wanted to ask was "what is the general environment/culture like at a typical med school?".. Of course there'll be some rich med students and some who are not, but do rich ones freely display their financial status by driving really nice cars, living in fancy homes, wearing expensive clothes, etc?

    In the grand scheme of things, med students are at the very bottom of a huge hierarchy. Would it be unwise to get noticed in your BMW M5 by your attendings, residents, and professors?

    For example, at big, conservative business firms, a fresh college grad starting out at the very bottom would not buy a Mercedes Benz even if his parents were super rich b/c his bosses will be "WTF, who does this kid think he is??"

    (BTW, I'm sorry for fancy car reference - I cannot think of any other displays of wealth! )
     
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    </font><blockquote><font size="1" face="Verdana, Helvetica, sans-serif">quote:</font><hr /><font size="2" face="Verdana, Helvetica, sans-serif">Originally posted by chef:
    <strong>HEY guys,
    I guess what I really wanted to ask was "what is the general environment/culture like at a typical med school?".. Of course there'll be some rich med students and some who are not, but do rich ones freely display their financial status by driving really nice cars, living in fancy homes, wearing expensive clothes, etc?

    In the grand scheme of things, med students are at the very bottom of a huge hierarchy. Would it be unwise to get noticed in your BMW M5 by your attendings, residents, and professors?

    For example, at big, conservative business firms, a fresh college grad starting out at the very bottom would not buy a Mercedes Benz even if his parents were super rich b/c his bosses will be "WTF, who does this kid think he is??"

    (BTW, I'm sorry for fancy car reference - I cannot think of any other displays of wealth! )</strong></font><hr /></blockquote><font size="2" face="Verdana, Helvetica, sans-serif">I don't know how you formed your perspective on wealth and wealthy people, but it is really screwed up. I don't know any middle aged people that care what some random college grad is driving and whether or not his/her parents bought it for him/her. As for med students "freely displaying their financial status," I would say that they do it no more than any other segment of society "freely displays their finanical status." I don't even know where you formed this idea about people "freely displaying their financial status." Are you suggesting that wealthy people ought to hide their wealth or that they are flaunting it or bragging about it if they do not? Or do you only know wealthy people that behave that way? Or are you just obsessed with money and who has it and who doesn't? What is your deal? Do you really think that your faculty will interact with you differently if they see what kind of car you drive? Oh please....

    What part of the country do you live in? Things are certainly NOT how you describe them here in the Bay Area.
     
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    I wouldn't think the medical school environment would be much different than your college environment. I'm curious as to what brought you to ask this question in the first place?? A car is just a means of transportation...why does it matter who drives what? You can't really even judge a person by what he/she drives anyways. Lots of people (or their parents) are loaded w/ money, but choose to buy non-luxury cars b/c they'd rather spend their money on something else. Also, with all the finance options these days, you have some people who dole out their life savings to make monthly payments on some BMW or Lexus. Some of the people I know come from well-to-do families, but they certainly don't parade around town flaunting their financial status/money. That sort of charade is for people who have too much time on their hands and nothing to do with it. If someone is going to judge another by the car he/she drives, then they've got a huge problem up their a$$ (and I'm referring to all people from all sorts of professions...law, business, medicine, etc).
     
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    I'll also add that in my experience, the people that make the most about money (and judge others based on what car they drive, the brand-names they wear, etc. -- the very type of person you seem concerned about) are the people with *some* money but not enough to feel satisfied with what they have.

    The people that I know that are comfortable with themselves -- whether they are multi-millionaires or barely scraping by -- are the people who are least concerned about how much money they and others have and the least judgmental about material things.
     
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    My high school was Jeep Cherokee central. It was a status symbol, the cars were better than the teacher's in general. But those who didn't have Jeeps weren't "looked down upon." The high school i went to was in a very rich area (although my family is not rich). Were the wealthy kids spoiled, condescending, parading their riches, always relying on daddy's money? Very few. For the most part, we were down to earth, hard-working kids. It sucked having people stereotype you just because they assumed you're wealthy. The whole city made fun of us, jealous because of how successful we were (academically) and for the money factor. No one in my class, at least, was snobby. We didn't even wear anything that said our school name out around town to guard against ridiculing or beaten/shot at in the rough neighborhoods. If we told people what school we went to, they'd say "oh" in that "you're one of those people" way. I don't get it, we didn't portray any kind of attitude. Did they display wealth? I don't know - yes, they shop at banana republic, but so do a zillion other people. Their families earned the money through hard work and business saavy. They deserve to be able to get nice things, and I think that's what it is. They get used to the more luxurious things in life, so they pass those on to their kids. It's not an active "I need to show off so everyone else can tell what a rich family I come from." It's more continuing the type of lifestyle that they already have developed.

    And about the asian thing. Those whose parents worked for years to become doctors, senior researchers or PIs, etc. are the ones who might have the nice cars. You are not going to find FOBs running around in BMWs. Many asian internationals come for grad school. My university is like FOB central. They're not rich, their families aren't rich, they earn it just like everyone else. However, asian internationals coming for undergrad studies might be a different matter.
     
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    </font><blockquote><font size="1" face="Verdana, Helvetica, sans-serif">quote:</font><hr /><font size="2" face="Verdana, Helvetica, sans-serif">Originally posted by Accept me:
    <strong>bjc I sent you a PM</strong></font><hr /></blockquote><font size="2" face="Verdana, Helvetica, sans-serif">sent you one back. funny picture in your profile by the way.
     
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    ditto accept_me

    if you're going to be a doctor, bjc, i would suggest quickly learning how to look at the "whole picture." it is unfortunate you have wasted so much of your time showing us how myopic your retorts are. accept_me was merely making observations from where he is sitting.

    unless you enjoy coming across as an ass (which dont get me wrong, some people enjoy), id keep my arrogance to myself.

    just my $.o2---and observations from where i'm sitting <img border="0" title="" alt="[Wink]" src="wink.gif" />
     
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    First off, this topic is going to the Lounge.

    Secondly, I'd bet that many people who you feel are flaunting their wealth aren't intending to appear that way. As for me, if I were rich, I guarantee I'd be driving a sweet ride. However, this has nothing whatsoever to do with what others think of me, it has to do with me liking certain cars. :)
     

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