College. While those years had some of the best memories for me, I can remember the agony and angst leading up to the decision of WHERE TO GO TO SCHOOL. There are so many factors that go into making this decision and while it shouldn’t be made lightly, I fully understand how overwhelming this can be (especially when you have added family pressures added to the mix).
Going to school, for most of us, requires quite a bit of debt to be taken on. Yes, I am talking about that dreaded conversation of “financing your college education”… the one you have probably been avoiding for quite some time.
Debt in generally is a pretty scary topic. Student debt can be even more overwhelming. As I mentioned in my post on how I paid of my student loans, a lot of potential/future students see that large number they will owe at the end of their 4-years and stray away from the school of their dreams. While every situation is different, and college may not be for everyone – take Steve for example – you should fully analyze all of your options before making a rash decision.
There are an extraordinary amount of resources available to potential students both online, at your local high school or potential college/university. This means THERE IS NO EXCUSES. Take advantage what people have already laid out for you. And as I always say, it never hurts to ask!
As a student who graduated with both a bachelor’s and master’s degree, I’ve unfortunately have been down the road which encompassed student loans… it wasn’t fun and it sure wasn’t pretty. My hopes of sharing my story with you is to help you avoid the stereotypical student saga of drowning in debt after graduation.
In order to pay for these next four years, I knew nothing was going to be handed to me. I took on debt (student loans), worked on campus through work study programs, and found several jobs off-campus throughout my four years. While this was definitely time consuming and inconvenient at times, I can honestly say it was the smartest decision I had made. I was able to graduate from Bentley EARLY (with a dual-undergraduate degree and Master’s) with just under $40,000 worth of debt. While this was still a LARGE number by any standards, it was definitely more manageable than my starting point. While my methods may not be for everyone, I am hoping this little bit of advice will help YOU make the decision which is BEST FOR YOU!
Things I did BEFORE COLLEGE to help:
Things I did IN COLLEGE to help:
Do you have any suggestions for a future or current college student???