Sometimes (ok, often?) in a homework assignment, I’ll be cruising right along until…that one problem. And for some reason, even though I had no trouble calculating Towana’s pre-tax savings, I cannot for the life of me translate that into her post-tax savings.
So I furrow my brow, furiously consult the textbook, log out and go to a different computer, and start composing an involved email to my professor outlining my predicament and begging for assistance. And then, I take one more glance at the applicable textbook page: and there it is. The clouds part. I need to subtract Jonothan’s tax rate (his name is really spelled that way) from Towana’s tax rate and use that percentage. I try it. My answer turns from red to green. I am elated beyond compare.
This is an ongoing cycle as a five-course-taking graduate student. Sometimes it makes homework assignments take a lot longer than (I think) they should. But you know what? It’s going to be a long time before I forget how to calculate the post-tax savings of income-shifting strategies (when lawfully applied).
And there’s something about getting to what looks like a dead end, and then getting through it all on my own. For a little while I’m left thinking: hey, maybe I’ll get through this graduate school stuff after all.