Alright, I probably shouldn’t have read the comments after this article was published today, but I couldn’t help myself. I don’t feel like I need to defend myself so I can sleep at night, but I just need to throw this out there (because the comments are really, really mean):
1. I DID work in college. I worked part-time with the university, worked at a day-care and worked in retail to help pay for school.
2. My parents DID plan on helping me out with college more, but my dad is a real estate agent and in case you haven’t heard, the housing market sucks.
3. I could have gone to community college or the military and I wouldn’t have so many loans but guess what? I didn’t want to. I wanted to go to Valparaiso University, so I did.
4. My degree is not crap. I make a little more than $1,790 a month (well, it’s already all over the internet so I might as well say it again) AFTER I put 9 percent away in my 401K, taxes, health insurance, dental insurance, etc. I make a good amount of money for a recent grad and I’m happy with it. I don’t need more than that. I didn’t want to be a doctor or a lawyer. I wanted to be in PR. So again, my degree is not crap. I LOVE what I do.
5. I don’t want to drive a BMW. I don’t want to eat lobster at every meal. We live a comfortable, realistic lifestyle. We live in a one-bedroom apartment in a safe neighborhood because that’s all we need.
6. I don’t want to be rich. I make my student loan payments because that’s how life works. Am I going to have to live in a tent because of my loans? No. Will I be able to afford weekly manicures and a butler? No. And I’m okay with that.
7. Nothing is free. I wasn’t promised a free education and I don’t want my loans to be forgiven. I don’t want your taxes to be raised to pay for my education. Not what the article is about, or my purposes for volunteering to be interviewed.
8. I met the love of my life and my very best friends at Valpo. I got a great education. I would gladly pay $40,000 all over again for that experience.