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Ken Ilgunas, in the name of not taking on any more debt during a grad school stint at Duke, lived in a Ford Econoline van for two and a half years. The memoir of that adventure, Walden on Wheels, is “his thoroughly endearing account of the whole business,” according to a review in the Wall Street Journal. The review goes on to say that, “This is a guy who starts out sounding like a refugee from ‘Wayne’s World’ and ends up a reasonably credible latter-day Transcendentalist—if you can imagine Seth Rogen channeling Thoreau.” Please join us to hear tales of his adventures!
Description Inspired by Thoreau, Ilgunas set out on a Spartan path to pay off $32,000 in undergraduate student loans by scrubbing toilets and making beds in Coldfoot, Alaska. Determined to graduate debt-free after enrolling in graduate school, he lived in an Econoline van in a campus parking lot, saving—and learning—much about the cost of education today.