I’m Diana, a twenty something elementary teacher beginning on the student loan repayment journey. For as long as I can remember I have wanted to be a teacher, and now I get to finally pursue my dreams teaching 5th grade. However, it took a lot of education (and student loans) to get here.
Like many other high school students, I was incredibly naive and didn’t think about how much college was going to truly cost me after four years. I accumulated a ton of student loan debt without really thinking about the consequences. Who does when they’re 18 and thinking about going to their dream school? Well, it slapped me in the face one day my senior year of college when I was accepted into a graduate program at my university. Once I added all my student loans together I was already at an unthinkable amount in debt and I would only get even more in debt from graduate school. I quickly began to realize I needed to come up with a strategy to make this work.
Now that I have finished my masters program, accumulated about $200k in student loans, and have landed a great teaching job in New Jersey, I’m ready to begin this debt payoff. Join me as I find ways to live more frugally to pay down my debt.