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As a PhD (in training), you face unique money challenges that stem from your low stipend/salary during your years of graduate school and postdoc training. Listen here for the hard-won financial wisdom of your fellow graduate students, postdocs, and PhDs with Real Jobs. From budgeting and frugality to investing and debt repayment, this podcast is your higher education in personal finance.

Personal Finance for PhDs Emily Roberts

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As a PhD (in training), you face unique money challenges that stem from your low stipend/salary during your years of graduate school and postdoc training. Listen here for the hard-won financial wisdom of your fellow graduate students, postdocs, and PhDs with Real Jobs. From budgeting and frugality to investing and debt repayment, this podcast is your higher education in personal finance.

    This PhD Student Buys Her Time Back by Living Car-Free

    This PhD Student Buys Her Time Back by Living Car-Free

    In this episode, Emily interviews Alina Christenbury, a first-year PhD student in computer science at the University of Delaware. Alina doesn't own a car, preferring to bicycle for her daily commute to her university and around town as much as possible. She relies on her roommate, sister, and other friends for occasional rides to the grocery store, bus stop, or hometown, but also uses ridesharing apps and dreams of owning a portable bicycle.

    • 33 min
    Combatting Climate Change with Your Finances, Individually and Collectively

    Combatting Climate Change with Your Finances, Individually and Collectively

    In this episode, Emily interviews Jewel Tomasula, a graduate student at Georgetown University in biology, specifically ecology and evolutionary biology. Jewel participates in climate change collective action through the Sunrise Movement, through 500 Women Scientists, and at her university. Emily and Jewel discuss how people can combat climate change as individuals and collectively through the lens of personal finance, covering frugal and environmental strategies, socially responsible investing, and

    • 40 min
    Our Lives and Finances Under Social Distancing: A Self-Employed PhD and a Grad Student

    Our Lives and Finances Under Social Distancing: A Self-Employed PhD and a Grad Student

    In this episode, Emily and Lourdes discuss their lives and finances during the coronavirus pandemic. Emily is balancing running her business with caring for her two small children (while her husband also works full-time), and Lourdes is adjusting to working on her PhD remotely and virtually never interacting with other people face-to-face.

    • 55 min
    This Grad Student Didn’t Let a $1,000 Per Month Stipend Stop Her from Investing

    This Grad Student Didn’t Let a $1,000 Per Month Stipend Stop Her from Investing

    In this episode, Emily interviews Dr. Rachel Blackburn, an assistant professor at Columbus State University. Rachel’s PhD stipend at Kansas State University was approximately $1,000 per month and her rent claimed half of that, but she resolved to do more than scrape by financially. Emily and Rachel discuss in detail how Rachel optimized her pay rate in her side hustles, generated extra income through credit card churning, and travel hacked her personal and professional trips.

    • 45 min
    Learn From This Poor Kid-Turned-PhD Student's Different Perspective on Frugality and Debt (Part 2)

    Learn From This Poor Kid-Turned-PhD Student's Different Perspective on Frugality and Debt (Part 2)

    In this episode, Emily interview ZW Taylor (Zach), a PhD student in Educational Leadership and Policy at the University of Texas at Austin. As a child, Zach identified as a "poor kid" and never thought higher education was for him. His upbringing and winding path through community college and his bachelor's and master's degrees taught him lessons about money that he has carried into his life as a PhD student - for better and for worse. In this second half of the conversation, Zach gives detailed and unique

    • 27 min
    Learn From This Poor Kid-Turned-PhD Student's Different Perspective on Frugality and Debt (Part 1)

    Learn From This Poor Kid-Turned-PhD Student's Different Perspective on Frugality and Debt (Part 1)

    In this episode, Emily interview ZW Taylor (Zach), a PhD student in Educational Leadership and Policy at the University of Texas at Austin. As a child, Zach identified as a "poor kid" and never thought higher education was for him. His upbringing and winding path through community college and his bachelor's and master's degrees taught him lessons about money that he has carried into his life as a PhD student - for better and for worse. In this first half of the conversation, Zach shares the financial

    • 34 min

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