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A Head Start

February 23rd, 2010 at 03:11 pm

Some may call it being blessed, I just call it lucky, or maybe a good upbringing.

It really helps when you start out without any debt. No CC debt, no student loans, no car loans. I started out with none of those. So here my advice to those who are starting out. Work, work, work. Don't spend more than you earn. Especially those who go through college, it is truly a great feeling being debt free coming out of college. And I recommend taking each summer off and working for 3 out of the 4 months. I'm sure others will disagree with me, and say academics come first when in college, but I found it a great change of pace to do something different for 3 months.

Ok, these days that's easier said than done with the current economic situation, and I don't envy those going through college right now.

Oh, also it helps to go to in-state public colleges, because it's impossible to pay for out of state or private colleges by working part time.

2 Responses to “A Head Start”

  1. monkeymama Says:

    Agreed. I always worked 11 months of the year. But never took summer classes. I worked extremely hard in college, but remember plenty of leisure as well. Though I worked most the summer, without the classes, it was quite a break!

    My spouse tended to work full-time/multi jobs, all summer, but had some time off work during school. I suppose there are many ways to arrange it. I think we both appreciated jobs with a BREAK though. I was a piano teacher and we always followed the school schedule, somewhat. My dh worked seasonal jobs.

    Academics do come first, but showing you can work and pull good grades looks pretty darn good on your resume. Big Grin Working within your personal limits sure beats coming out of school with a pile of debt. & it definitely builds character.

    I am also not sure I could work quite so hard today. I think it's good to get ahead while you are young.

  2. Jerry Says:

    Scholarships are an absolute boon these days that can still lead to some insurance of actually attending a spendy private college... but you need to be really good at something! Sports, music, academics, etc. Still, there are options out there, and they give hope to someone with the right talents. I'm glad state schools are out there, since I went to one, but my dream school would have been really great, too. Alas, my vertical leap is nowhere near enough to land that basketball scholarship. =)
    Jerry

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