The writer is a college senior in Philadelphia majoring in journalism and economics, and is an intern at a public-relations firm. She hopes to work in broadcast journalism after completing a graduate degree. Melissa Beech is a pseudonym.

Last week, The Daily Beast published a confessional from a young woman whose life is financed by an older man. Today, he puts his mouth where his money is.

Some might call it prostitution. I call it a "mutually beneficial arrangement" that pays for my killer wardrobe.