Get Weird: Finding Oneself Amidst the Status Quo

When everyone around you is traveling by horse and carriage why not harness up a hippo and hit the streets? It’s weird to travel by hippo and carriage, really weird. But, it’s also awesome!!! You’re telling me if you had the chance to travel by hippo and carriage you wouldn’t take it? That’s nuts, of…

I still read books…actual paper books.

Really, why do I still read books? I mean, real hard back, paperback, dogear your favorites kind of books. With all the digital sources for information and entertainment I still find myself drawn to books. Not only are they actually paper books, they’re free of noise and distraction. I’m looking at a stack of 9…

Can I Afford College? If Cash < Tuition/Room& Board = NO

Here’s how to calculate college affordability: $_______Cash Available for Tuition (family, scholarships, grants) NO – student loans don’t count as cash –  $_______Cost of College (tuition, room & board) = $_______Affordability (if a positive number you’re golden. if negative you get to change strategy) Add up all the cash you have, cash you’re going to…

Going to bed with questions

Reading for a while before I hit the hay usually leads to a few questions rattling around my mind. Questions keep me up at night. Well, good questions do. Not necessarily existential questions of meaning, though those can make for some interesting thoughts and discussion. Rather, questions of possibility, questions of why and thoughts of…

a trillion dollars

$1,308,193,507,715 does that number even make sense to you? yes, that’s one trillion three hundred billion, one hundred ninety three million, five hundred seven thousand seven hundred and fifteen dollars. it’s the total amount of student loans in the u.s. as of 9:33am eastern time on march 21, 2015. oh wait, it just went up.…

going public

hands down. public. not just public, but public in-state college. it’s a fraction of the cost. save yourself the long term pain of the debt that comes with private education and go in-state public. do it. you’ll  be so glad you did 15 years from now. unless of course you manage the ivy league loophole.…

congratulations! you’re screwed

it’s that time of year. seniors in high school wait with bated breath to see some variation of these words appear: “congratulations! you’ve been accepted…” how exciting! did you get your college of choice? did you get into the same school as your best friend, girlfriend, boyfriend? did you make it? there’s an energy about…

suck it sallie mae

so, i’m not a fan of debt. that’s a relatively new development in my 35 year tenure on this earth. i was a good student in high school. made a’s, national honor society, etc. i was decent at math. but for some reason when it came to making the largest decision of my life at…

ditching debt

debt is a part of our lives. especially for the middle class. borrow for college. borrow for a car. borrow for another car. borrow for braces. borrow for a new tv. 12 months at zero interest. it’s cheap money. interest rates are low. save 15% at banana republic when you open their credit card. save…