As you may have read in my blog, I recently graduated from California State University East Bay. Recently, I received the dreaded email from my student loan servicer with the bolded words “Grace period ends soon. Your first payment is due…..” AAAAAAAAAAHHHHH!
To cope with this threat of impending doom, I must evaluate my perspective and reflect on the value of these loans. Was it worth the education and experience I had gained?
Welllll, first of all I think there was too much group work required in lot of of my courses. I think it actually prevents studying and absorbing information. I lost a lot of sleep, free time and money to study and write. However, my psychology courses were fascinating. I learned about the mysteries of abnormal psychology, learning and personality theories, development of psychology in history and of some of the theories of famous psychologists such as Sigmund Freud, Carl Jung, Karen Horney, Alfred Adler, and B.F. Skinner. My English courses showed me how to improve my writing, and analyze content on a deeper level. I discovered the magic of poetry by authors such as Emily Dickenson and Robert Frost. I was introduced to intriguing stories and perspectives by authors such as Ernesto Galarza, Phyllis Chesler, and Oliver Sacks. I learned how to write in the APA style, and I did whole lot of it! My brain got twisted in a pretzel for a quarter while I learned research and statistical methods, but I survived. I studied about research on health and psychology in countless journal articles. My health and science courses showed me how to live with a healthier lifestyle, and it opened my eyes to factors that contribute to physical decline and chronic diseases. I learned the impact of it has on communities and society. I met and became friends with classmates and professor who were willing to share their background and knowledge.
I could go on. This is just a tiny, tiny bit of it.
So, I will look this debt differently…. or least try to. Perhaps some of you out there burdened with student loans may find it helpful to take the following perspective on too. Some people buy fancy cars or motor homes that total the amount of student loans. My education is my fancy car. It comes with features such as knowledge, skills, a new sense of confidence, and a better understanding of the world around me as well as myself. And I hope it comes with a better salary soon…… damnit!