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In High Student Debt and Think You Can’t Afford a House? You May Be Wrong.

In High Student Debt and Think You Can’t Afford a House? You May Be Wrong.

I can acutely remember a time when I believed home ownership was a luxury that people like me in high student debt could not afford. (I also felt this way about weddings, kids, and pretty much anything nice/somewhat expensive). I thought “normal” adulthood experiences were off-limits to me, as a punishment for taking on tooRead more about In High Student Debt and Think You Can’t Afford a House? You May Be Wrong.[…]

The Right Way to Make a New Year’s Resolution Around Your Debt

The Right Way to Make a New Year’s Resolution Around Your Debt

You can resolve in 2017 to pay down your student debt, but if nothing changes in your attitude or income, you’ll be one of the 92 percent of people who do not stick to their New Year’s Resolution. Scranton researchers as reported by Forbes.com suggest that two key factors are essential for New Year resolution success: Keep itRead more about The Right Way to Make a New Year’s Resolution Around Your Debt[…]

I Just Want to Do Art: High Student Debt and the Artist

I Just Want to Do Art: High Student Debt and the Artist

Like most artists who go to graduate school, I left college with an MFA and soul-crushing debt. Determined to use my degree, like most film grads, I worked at unpaid internships in the film industry. The theory was that I’d make contacts, network and ultimately land a great opportunity in my field. Nothing like thisRead more about I Just Want to Do Art: High Student Debt and the Artist[…]

Why Many Debt Self-Help Books Miss the Mark

Why Many Debt Self-Help Books Miss the Mark

What were my issues with debt books? I’ve often felt that debt self-help books are condescending, implying that most of us are in debt primarily because we spend recklessly, charging up credit cards on things we can’t afford. They also involve budgets. Apparently, the answer to our debt problems involves endless amounts of expense trackingRead more about Why Many Debt Self-Help Books Miss the Mark[…]

Depression and Student Debt: There is Light at the End of the Tunnel

Depression and Student Debt: There is Light at the End of the Tunnel

Throughout my time at NYU, the faculty told me great I was. My films were well received, my screenplays chosen to represent the class when guest faculty came to town. Yet no amount of praise made me feel good. No amount of success drowned out my real problems — fear, anxiety and depression. I waited for some magic event to snap me outRead more about Depression and Student Debt: There is Light at the End of the Tunnel[…]

How Your Ego Keeps You in Student Loan Debt (Yes, Really) and How to Beat Your Ego at Its Own Game

How Your Ego Keeps You in Student Loan Debt (Yes, Really) and How to Beat Your Ego at Its Own Game

Years ago, I had a boyfriend, and for an entire year, I was ashamed of my boyfriend and our relationship for not turning into an engagement. Everyone I knew was getting married; their happy smiling faces, and big fat rings screaming out every time I opened Facebook. I lost the ability to be happy forRead more about How Your Ego Keeps You in Student Loan Debt (Yes, Really) and How to Beat Your Ego at Its Own Game[…]

How Thinking Like a Millionaire Helped Me Refinance my Student Loans

How Thinking Like a Millionaire Helped Me Refinance my Student Loans

A radical shift occurred in my thinking around my student loan debt when I started observing the millionaires who surrounded me every day in my finance job. People criticize the 1 percent, but what if we chose to learn from them? What if we, like them, chose to think that normal rules do not applyRead more about How Thinking Like a Millionaire Helped Me Refinance my Student Loans[…]