Huffington Post – College Debt Article

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.

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11 thoughts on “Huffington Post – College Debt Article

  1. This is FREAKING ridiculous. Not you, the comments on that article. There is absolutely nothing wrong with your decisions. And if I go on any more than that, there will be a lot of cursing and nonsensical ranting.

  2. #8!!!!! Money or the “perfect” job are not worth as much as that one. That’s why you went to Valpo and not another school and 2/3 of your friends all agree that #8 is worth it all 🙂

  3. As a fellow Valpo grad, I know what you mean. I’ve done my best to pay what I could on my loans, but I’ve been struggling in this job market. Being a Theology major, church vocations, without extra schooling, or willing to be practically volunteering as a part-time youth minister, money was never going to be my first priority. Sadly, our government has taken a major power trip by doing everything for themselves, and leaving people like you and me to struggle for ourselves while taking jobs away from us because they wanted to enforce their power.

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