June 15, 2015
After seeing how difficult it was for some patients to get coverage for their treatment, I decided to dive into the story head on.
May 18, 2017
Ok, hear me out. I originally pitched this as a piece about how being a scholarship kid taught me how to save, and the mental impact the student loan crisis has on grads.
Instead, this piece went down a different path, analyzing how I paid off my student debt in a relatively short amount of time, despite experiencing multiple layoffs, graduating during the recession, and living in the Boston area (ie expensive). Financial aid, stress, and the big question…was it worth it?
This piece was one of the hardest I’ve ever written, if only because I realize college is a privilege and many of my peers have much more debt than I had (which was the average at the time). Our current leaders don’t seem to have much care for the student debt crisis, which made this even more important for me to write.
I realize I was lucky in many ways. I had scholarships and grants. My parents pitched in a little when possible, but at the time I applied for college it was for two incoming freshman on one teacher’s salary and whatever else I could contribute. Living in what was considered a wealthy New Hampshire town and seeing college as a given for many around me made me feel very, very sad at times. I wrote this in hopes of it offering some advice to others who feel hopeless about applying for financial aid, paying it back, and the retrospective now that it is over (unless grad school comes along).