‘I wish I knew then what I know now, I would not have gone to college’
I had to go to work right out of high school. Yet ever since I knew what one was I wanted to be a teacher. So with no savings I decided to take out loans. I went to the University of Phoenix online (I still had to work full time) in 2003 and received my Associates Degree in General Studies in 2005. I then found an online accredited teachers college called Western Governors University and started working toward my secondary teachers credential in Social Science in 2005. I was able to graduate in 2007. Ever since I graduated I have been applying for teaching positions and haven’t even been called in for an interview (may I remind you it’s 2012!?). My speculation is that there are so many seasoned teachers who need work that they may not want a teacher who has no experience.
I owe a stomach wrenching $22,125 from Sallie Mae and $11,470 from Nelnet. I was able to consolidate some of my FAFSA loans. And I have had to ask Sallie Mae to make my payments lower because I am unable to find work. But that is only going to prolong the process of paying it off. I wish I knew then what I know now, I would not have gone to college. Loans were my only option. I didn’t realize how overwhelming the debt would be once I was done. I was not only married when I graduated, but 6 months pregnant with our first child. He is now 4 and we have another son who is 2. We rely on my husband’s income and it is extremely tight to say the least. I wish I didn’t have to send in the $355 a month in student loan payments. I am sure that is not the message you want to give your readers, this is my truth.
Angela W., via email