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5 Things You Should Know About Student Loan Debt

When I think back to when I was in Grade 12 gearing up for university, it seems so long ago. Who knew the decisions I made then regarding my finances (and some that where inevitable due to my circumstances) would continue to impact and shape me as the person I am today. To save future post-secondary students or current ones from getting into more student debt than they need to, I have compiled a short list of what I learned from incurring so much student debt. If you have to take out ‘more’ student loan to complete your undergraduate degree outside of your hometown, it’s probably a bad idea. I understand that some students would like to go to a school outside of their city because it’s well known for the program they want to take. Others may just want to leave the nest egg. However, in most cases the added debt needed to finance this decision exceeds the economic benefit they actually get once their out of school. This was not an option for…

When you make things up to tell people about what you’re doing with your life and hope they don’t follow up on them later

Originally posted on Lily in Bloom:
Try not having a future and attending a graduation event. Or not having a job when meeting up with your friends for the first time after coming back from school. These are some of the most dignity-challenging moments as a young person, so sometimes you have to make things up. This became a really fun game, because I was most likely meeting people I would never see again and it didn’t matter anyway. I’ve tried out a few and have only been asked about maybe one. 1. Oh, I’m just studying for the (insert graduate school exam here) full-time. This was a fun little answer for when I told everyone that I was preparing for law school. I am in no way studying for the LSAT, despite it being a very possible option a few months ago. Because of the specificity of the LSAT (unlike the GRE), this quickly ended the conversation and I didn’t have to go into further explanation of my immediate future. But I usually added on a…