Yo, what the frick is going on?
According to Education Data, the student loan debt in the United States has reached $1.7 trillion. It’s growing faster than the nation’s economy. Only a small percentage are eligible for student loan relief.
I have student loans up to the eyeballs like so many others in the U.S. I have a two-sided relationship paying it. I briefly believed I was brainwashed into some major economic “work forever” trap. School taught us the only way we could survive in the real world was by getting a magical scroll of paper called a “degree.” With this holy device, you can leap into any job you want and live happily ever after.
Life is more complicated. You need experience. However, you need prior experience to get the experience you want. The trick question: “Where the heck do you get the prior experience to get the experience for the experience?”
I went to one private college, but two — one for undergrad and the other for grad. Overall, I had great social and academic college experiences. The post-graduate experiences were a tad bit disappointing.
Did I enter the wrong fields? Had I not taken enough internships? Extracurricular activities? I was pretty much angry, confused, and terribly disheartened
On the Bright Side
Nowadays, I don’t look at my college debt as an impenetrable wall. I see it as a positive challenge. We don’t come to the world without challenges, and this debt is my chance to overcome it.
Over the past few years, I have been learning new ways to make more money beyond my college education. I’ve been paid for writing, whether it’s from blogging or freelance work. Plus, there are dozens of funs ways I can start businesses that aren’t a complete bore.
If you’re stuck in a college debt rut, there are plenty of ways you can make some extra money:
- Affiliate Marketing
- Air BnB Hosting
- Becoming a virtual assistant
- Building and operating niche websites
- Offering travel choices as a travel agent
- Real Estate Investing
- Self-Publishing eBooks
- Selling cute crafts on Etsy
- Selling on eBay and Amazon
- T-Shirt Creation
- Working as a Tour Guide
Instead of sitting around mumbling about how much debt I owe, I’ve decided to shut up and start paying it back, doing enjoyable work with the skills I have.
Despite my new outlook on my college debt, I still wish society would stop indoctrinating new generations college is the only way or die. Sure, you need the degrees and proper education if you’re going into law or the medical field. For the majority, it’s clearly optional.
Once again, I don’t regret my college experiences. I only wish there were more options available than grabbing a degree and expecting the world to hand over all of life’s most precious treasures.
Then again, my current path has urged me to grow and stretch my mind. I don’t think I would have made the same decisions if my parents paid my entire tuition. There are more ways to achieve financial success than one.
Thanks, College Debt? I guess.
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