When I was 17, I chose to attend an affordable state school in a village close to home even though I had been accepted to 2 “Ivy’s” and many of my friend were attending prestigious Universities around the country. My parents, who worked blue collar jobs, could not provide much support for my education so I chose state school knowing that I would have to pay the debt in full. I worked two jobs through college to make ends meet and networked constantly my junior and senior year to try to find work after school. The Monday after graduating with my “useless” communications degree, I started as an intern in IT at a local college, making minimum wage doing work that was not related to major, but work nonetheless. After a year of showing up on time and doing my job, they hired me full time and I was awarded affordable health benefits and a retirement fund. Two years and no raises later, they offered to pay for my MBA through their program at the business school. In 2010, I bought my first car, a new toyota corolla with money that I’d saved for almost 5 years. In 2011, I bought my first house on my own after living on my own since college in a shared apartment — a $72K, 1 bedroom condo with mortgage payments that were affordable, even with my low income. Shortly after, I finished my MBA and I was promoted into a higher paying job that allowed me to make larger payments against my debt while continuing to live a modest life. I do not live with a great deal of luxury, but my life is the result of constant forethought and planning to secure comfortable means to live by. I do not now, nor have I ever relied on anyone else to pay my way through life.
Sometimes I wish I could be this person. That I went to an affordable college. But you know what? I love my school. I would never be the person that I am now without it. I wouldn’t be interested in genocide studies without it. I wouldn’t want to go to Bosnia. There is no monetary comparison. Some day I will make something of myself. And I fully own up to the choices I’ve made. Its not for everyone. And I applaud those that made wiser choices, that’s for sure.
That’s nice and all, but how about the large percentage of people who LITERALLY CANNOT LAND A JOB IN THIS ECONOMY?!
Your privilege is showing, OP.
Okay OP, I appreciate the fact that you’re part of a small percentage of people in this country who are making ends meet, but guess what, you ARE part of a small percentage. I graduated from high school with a high GPA, did all the right things, I got accepted to all the right schools, but because I could pay and I did not get high enough scholarships that I qualified for, I did not receive any of them.
Over the course of my lifetime as an African woman, I’ll make about 69 cents to every dollar a white man makes, doing the exact same thing. So it’s really nice that you think everyone should have the same life you have, but our individual privilege or lack thereof leave us all at different points in life ma’am. I do live within my means, that’s why I attend a $14,000 school, and I’m STILL in debt.