I am getting nickeled and dimed to death. This semester we have three separate clinical rotations. It always seems to be $10 for the CI gift/gift card
, then another $5 to $10 for treats (donuts, cookies, etc.) for the staff. This semester I'll be lucky if I get by with $45. Let me be clear, I appreciate what these folks do, but I'm in school and my family is strapped. I'm not cheap, just broke. Sometimes I skip lunch because I don't have $3.50 to spend at the cafeteria.
I'd prefer just to give a token gift and a heartfelt note and photo of the group. Some of the CIs are very aware of our limited finances and actually beg us not to get a pricey gift, but at the end of rotation, here I am coughing up another $15...
Oct 15, '06
Quote from firstyearstudent
I'm afraid to seem like a cheap skate.
I guess I believe another's opinion doesn't make it so. I just bow out and say thank you in a well written note.
while other students may be privately stewing about it
and this is the other reason I speak up. Some people are too shy to do it themselves, but they almost always approach me afterward and thank me for doing it for them...
Last edit by jov on Oct 15, '06