The only debt I left school with was an accounting error by the University in which they disbursed a loan to my account that I neither applied for nor had any use for (as I was not actually enrolled in that semester) and somehow got 'lost' in their system which made it look like I just absconded with like $5,000. Nearly fifteen years later, it still shows on my credit report as a default, and no amount of letter writing or waiting on hold has been able to convince anyone of their misdeed.
shafnutz05 wrote:I obtained a degree in political science, and quickly realized that it was going to be very difficult for me to get into any kind of political career that could support me.
Same here; mine was with the intention of going to law school (Poli-Sci was the pre-law track as Penn State) with an eye towards becoming a Deputy U.S. Marshal. Then one morning, when I was getting ready for a day full of 400-level constitutional law classes, I had an epiphany: this sucks, and there is no way in Jehovah's great blue orb that I can stand three years of law school plus the joy of $100k in additional debt. So I withdrew and decided to pursue my creative dream of being an audio engineer in the movie business. All of which does not address that the real reason I went to college in the first place, which was to get a commission in the Navy to fly jets off big boats.
Which is how one ends up a paralegal at a video game publisher.
I just use the degree for arguing
Poorly, I might add.
count2infinity wrote:go to a community college for 2 years then a state school for 2 and you can get out with sub 50k debt.
Unfortunately, it's not that simple anymore. There have been large cuts to community college funding (here in Cali, anyway) which means that there are many courses that are no longer offered on the scale that is truly reflective of demand. So that 'go to community college for 2 years' idea is now more commonly 'go to community college part time over parts of 3, 4 or even 5 years and still leave with only perhaps 2/3 of the credits you wanted to get at the lower cost school'.
What I would give to have my income now with the cost of living in central PA