Now that I'm a faculty member, I've made it a priority to pass what I've learned about finances on to students I teach and mentor. I worry, in particular, about those who are members of historically excluded groups because they are more likely to graduate with debt. I tell them to apply for as many scholarships as possible, to pay attention to the details in each loan, and to keep track of their expenses.
I don't want them to have to question their career aspirations the way I did. I want them to pursue the path that's best for them, with a clear understanding of how it will impact their finances.
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As I sat in the financial aid office, the seat was cold and the chill seeped into my body. ...