After her gargantuan purchase of two spicy chicken sandwiches, a medium fry, and a large drink, Freshman Melissa Carmichael’s Tiger-card balance hit zero dollars after just under a month of living on campus. After a month of morning Frappuccino’s, lunches at Au Bon Pain, and dinner at the wellness kitchen the 19-year-old’s balance and ultimately her self-esteem hit an all-time low.
Not all losses come without gains. In blowing through all of her allotted funds for the semester in barely a month, she learned a valuable lesson about the fleeting nature of money that no accounting class could even dream of teaching her.
“This is the type of lesson you just don’t get with a master’s degree or a CPA,” said accounting professor Lisa Overwood. “I’m just glad she learned this lesson against reckless spending now rather than 10 years from now.”
Our sources indicate that Carmichael’s father added an additional $750 dollars to her account 3 hours after the incident.