Go to college/university, get your degree, and you’ll set yourself up for success. That’s what many of my peers heard before we finished our fourth year of high school and began to think about the future. It’s no surprise I’ve heard this from elementary school to high school – in the area where I grew up, many of the schools pushed for students to dream big and shoot for the iconic colleges or a Bachelors before heading into the workforce.
In recent years, many are reconsidering college or university, citing high tuition, housing, and miscellaneous expenses over 4-5 years that one can accumulate by attending a 4 year university or college. There’s no shame in that – someone once told me that not everyone saw college as an end game before they focused on a career. In an age where social media reigns, there are many ways one can make a living or some form of income without a degree in place.
Time magazine noted that as of this year, 44 million Americans owe $1.5 trillion in student loan debt. While some candidates promise to roll out programs or incentives to wipe out debt if elected, others are faced with the grim reality that it will be a long couple of years to wipe out the debt on their own or with some help. I know I’m part of the latter who is steadily working toward paying off her amounts through hard work.
A company called Blockstack has addressed this issue and shared that the month of November will be spent offering to pay off student loan debt for a few lucky winners. If you’re interested in trying your luck, check out their site and enter here.