Hi Stefanie, your article strike me early on as I am hitting 30 this year too and had to struggle in my career. I am based in Singapore so it is a bit different than New York but struggle is struggle. It is good that you have reached your end goal that is worthy of your degree. I have read about the Lehman Brother collapse and getting the individual view always gives a new perspective of how hard it is for people caught in it. Thanks for your sharing.