Seeing them pay off their loans and make decisions that are financially informed fills my heart with joy

Seeing them pay off their loans and make decisions that are financially informed fills my heart with joy

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. ...