After college I became one of the young Americans in debt. Luckily I was at the right place at the right time. With over $10,000 in debt from going to school I needed a break from the bills coming in. So I searched online various websites to help me pay off my college debts. There were a lot of websites to choose from to help me get money quickly to pay off my student loans. However, getting money quickly was not going to solve my problem. If anything it was going to create more debt than I already had. So I looked online tireless for other websites to help me fix my debt problem.
After working hard going to school getting the education I needed the last thing I wanted to worry about was burden of debt hanging over my head. I felt as if I had a negative dollar symbol over my head letting everyone know the financial burden I was carrying around. I really did feel helpless and felt like I was never going to get my student loans paid off. Having these student loan debts not paid was a real hindrance for me. It affected my ability of moving completely out on my own and being completely independent. So after college was over I was still living at home with my parents trying to get a handle of my finances and get my debts paid off.
Who knew that after school I would have accumulated such a deficit in my financial world? Unfortunately, I didn’t know this before hand or I would have considered ways of paying for school out of pocket without the worry of paying for it later. After finally tirelessly searching online for quite some time I finally found something that looked to be promising for me. It didn’t have me going into the military, nor did it have me adding debt onto what I had already accumulated. It was a real relief to actually find an avenue that only required me to commit my time and in return I would have my college debts paid off.
I now felt hopeful that I was going to be able to get somewhere and get out from under my parents roof. I actually felt hopeful that I was going to be able to get my financial world back on track. It was good to know that there is a program for people who are educated individuals or who are finished with their high school and are trying to pay off student loan debts or pay for their future. I was amazed at the many choices I had. It was nice to know that all I had to do was volunteer my time and give back to the community.
With AmeriCorps I was able to make a difference in children’s lives and get my college debts paid. I have to say it was the most rewarding experience of my life. It was a true joy to do service, receive a living stipend and to receive the ability to have my tuition paid off. I also was able to gain experience from my service that I was able to utilize in my personal life and professional life. If you are in my prior situation I highly recommend that you give AmeriCorps a try. I can guarantee you that you will meet new people, possibly make new friends, have your life changed and receive money for school by giving your time and service.