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    Price of Success

    Price of Success

    “My mother dropped out of high school in the 10th grade. Watching her at the kitchen table struggling to pay the bills, I used to swear I’d never be like her. I thought education was the way out. So I fought, worked hard, went to a prestigious college, then an Ivy League graduate school. I thought; finally this little girl, who was not supposed to succeed, did. Now here I am, first in the family to graduate from college, struggling to pay the bills.”

    Appearances

    Appearances

    “I am 41 years old. I feel like the majority of school loan debt stories and advice columns are targeted for recent graduates who are younger in their 20s. Don’t get me wrong, I feel for them. But I owe almost $200,000 (yes, you read that right) in school debt. I never admit this out loud to anyone. I read that you should admit it and tell people out loud to stand in your truth. This is not easy. I read that the average school loan debt is something like $30,000. I honestly laughed at this. I don’t say that to minimize how much that is to another, but just how embarrassed I am to have 6 times the amount that the average person has. How did this happen to me? How will I ever resolve this? I have impeccable credit (above 800), I pay all of my bills, I work multiple jobs, I own a house with a hefty mortgage (always paid) -- my life looks normal, even perfect! But I cannot and probably won’t ever get ahead of my school debt. I am at a loss… ”

    Petty Thieves

    Petty Thieves

    “The final bill for one of my student loans was for one cent. The loan company created a bill for once cent and paid postage to send it in the mail. I wrote a check for one cent and paid the postage to send it back to them.”