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  1. said:

    I had a similar financial experience. My mum always told me that I wouldn’t go onto higher education full stop, because there was no way that the family could afford it. Then one day about a year after finishing school, things got so awful at home with my step-dad that I was driven to do a bit of research, and found out that I could get a grant for my education fees (because I was technically in a single parent household and my mother’s wages didn’t meet the bracket). I walked in one day, put the paperwork in front of my Mum to sign and that was that. I took out student loans which took ages to pay off, never asked for money, never asked for help, and dug myself into horrible financial holes (which I am now pretty much out of). Would I do things differently if I had my time again? No. I could have made my own life easier, but this way I don’t owe my family anything, and that’s the way I like it.

    Congratulations by the way 🙂

    May 5, 2015
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  2. Ahhh I love this!!! And little JLAW on graduation day! Congratulations and I bet it feels great to know you worked so hard to achieve it. I’m sure it gave you a lot of gumption moving through your professional career after all that hard work in college. Proud of you!

    May 4, 2015
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  3. Yes, I have a ton of loans too. I’m one of the folks you mentioned who took out more than the tuition for living expenses. 🙂 I also worked a lot too–bookstore, student store, in dorm office and delivering mail, snack shop and cafeteria for a bit… More than once, I was asked if I had a twin sister. 🙂 Despite all of the struggles, I think that we appreciated Temple more than some other folks might have–and that probably gave us the drive to do what many others did not do: follow through and graduate.

    April 27, 2015
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  4. said:

    I had a very similar college experience, it felt sooo good to pay off those loans. However, I’m still paying off my masters though 🙂

    April 27, 2015
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    • said:

      Well, graduate school costs more! At least you’re not paying off both at the same time!

      April 27, 2015
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