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The Double-Dipper’s Guide to Student Exploitation

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Jorge Rojas-Zamalloa
Computer Science and Biology Tutor, Columbia University Tutoring and Translating Agency  

Personal Trainer
A.R.T. Studio by Terri Walsh
424 Broadway, nr. Canal St., sixth fl.; 212-461-4827
Unless your fitness tastes run to the exotic or extreme, an apprentice trainer is nearly as apt to get you in shape as a pro. At Terri Walsh’s studio, the apprentices are fully certified but have less than five years of experience in the trainer’s cult Active Resistance Training method, which combines intervals of strength training and cardio. A package of twenty sessions with an apprentice here is $1,500, which is what twelve sessions would run you at Chelsea Piers and down from $3,300 for half the training hours with a Walsh master. Savings: 54 percent

Dog Groomer
New York School Of Dog Grooming
455 Second Ave., at 26th St.; 212-685-3776
A clean and happy dog is a clean and happy dog. And so long as the groomer who got him that way was efficient, gentle, and generous with treats, there’s no reason to get caught up in credentials. At New York School of Dog Grooming, pup lovers seeking their grooming licenses take care of breeds both big and small while being overseen by instructors. Standard grooming (shampooing, nail-clipping, and ear-cleaning) starts at $35 for small dogs on weekdays, $40 on weekends—a bargain compared with the city’s many chichi dog salons, which can charge over $100 for similar results. Savings: 65 percent

*Savings were estimated by comparing average student rates to those of their professional competitors.


*This story has been updated to suggest offering about $25 an hour on Parsons' job board, rather than $12 an hour. It has also been corrected to show that Tara Benitez, pictured on page two, is former student and current groomer at the New York School of Dog Grooming, not a current student.


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