Student Loans

Student loans have been the source of stress for many college graduates. Today the average amount of student loan debt that college graduates have is around $30,000. I can vouch for that because that’s about how much debt I graduated with. Fortunately, I’m not struggling to pay back my student loans at this point but I do sympathize with those who are struggling and I agree with many people that some type of reform needs to take place.


The main reason why student loans suck so bad is because they will never go away. There’s literally no way to get out of paying them back. Now I don’t believe that people shouldn’t pay back their debts because I’m clearly paying mine, but I’m also not so naive that I think things will be as easy for others as they have been for me. And it’s more so the idea that you have no way out that’s so daunting. It also sucks to be in your early twenties and thousands of dollars in debt. Especially when you took on said debt to make a better life for yourself. It’s the irony of it all that makes the situation so screwed up for a lot of people. Continue reading

Milestones: #TheBigDay

“I’m reppin’ for the girls who taking over the world,

Help me raise a glass for the college grads.”

– Beyoncé, “Run The World (Girls)”

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So I am graduating from North Carolina State University in less than twenty-four hours with my Bachelor’s degree in Communications. Ironically, I’m still not quite as excited as one would think I should be. However, I am VERY excited about going to The Cheesecake Factory after the ceremony and eating everything in sight. So, while other graduates are pre-gaming and getting ready to dance their butts off at the club tonight… I am listening to Beyoncé songs and reading “30 Things Every Woman Should Have & Should Know By The Time She’s 30” (random book that I bought for myself today)… Oh, and writing a blog post. Sounds fun, right? I considered going out and getting wasted like a regular person would, but it’s more important to me that I look good (meaning “not sick/hungover”) at the ceremony tomorrow because a lot of money was spent on my dress, shoes and hair. I can always go out and party tomorrow night anyway… It’s not like the clubs won’t be open.

So what’s next? I have no idea. I don’t know if I want to go to grad school. I don’t know if I want to take the GRE. I don’t know if I want to move away from home; although I am open to it if a good opportunity comes my way. I’m thinking I will just keep working with the temporary agency that has been sending me out on assignments for awhile and see if I can get something long-term now, since I had limited availability during the semester. In the meantime, I’ll be applying for jobs elsewhere and seeing what sticks. I don’t know. On another note, my graduation gifts have been EXCELLENT. This is so much better than Christmas because I’m like the only one who’s getting gifts! Except for my mom, since Mother’s Day is literally the day after I graduate. But I don’t mind sharing my spotlight with her since she, you know, gave birth to me.

Anyway… Back to reading my new book and watching Beyoncé YouTube videos so I can attempt to get pumped up for tomorrow. I don’t know why I’m having such a lackluster response to one of the biggest moments in my life thus far. I guess it’s because I don’t know what’s going to happen next. I am a J (Myers-Briggs) so I get more excited about actual plans, like my “graduation trip” to the Dominican Republic later this year. Plus the actual graduation ceremony is just a show for the family anyway. But Beyoncé videos/songs can usually help me get excited/motivated too, hence the quote at the beginning of this post. So I guess that will have to do, for now.