School is out for me.
I am done with Bible college and I am looking toward a future of attending more school. I need to get that law degree that’s in dream land someday! However, just after school was out, I was walking through the mall and found myself touching anything that shined. I wondered when everything I wanted in life became somewhere between $50.00 and $200.00.
Shoes that would look grand on me, at $65.00. Sun glasses, the fancy ones, come in around $175.00. I touch a $100.00 dress and finger the fabric. My heart swoons a little at a shirt, but it’s $30.00 and all I want in life? Just to be 22 years old and attractive. But when it comes down to it, I still don’t make much per year and I can’t have my cake and eat it too.
I just want to be and look put together. I want to smell good and wear the good kind of perfume that’s priced at about $75.00. I am thinking about getting a haircut and I could get a $30.00 haircut or a $15.00 one. At the MAC makeup store I could spend hundreds of dollars on just face make up or go waltz into Walgreen’s and spend $45.00 on what I need. I am car shopping right now and I could probably get a big loan, but I am sticking with what I’ve saved and spending around $2,500.
However, as I weigh the shoe in my hand at the mall and sigh a little, I can remember the mission trip to Peru I just took. My priorities are so shifted because I need to go to school and I’d like to do another mission trip in a year or so. I set the shoe down, take a brave step back and realize I want to be the kind of girl who thinks about what she spends. As Dave Ramsey says, “If you live like no one else, later you can live like no one else.”
Then I am facing school and all that cost. I’ve just had a few conversations that go like this, “Oh, nobody gets through school without a student loan.” So there I face plunging into debt and I’ve heard from someone else, “It’s like buying a house, you are investing in your future.” To be completely honest? I absolutely wish I didn’t have to go into debt for school. I wish I could find a job, or win the lottery (that I don’t even play) and pay for school right out. Or find some giant scholarship for random girls in America like me who don’t particularly stand out, but has a good heart and outlook on life.
You know, “The Girl Next Door Scholarship.” Heard of it? Let me know.
How does this post fit into The Civic Arena? Because it’s a Biblical worldview blog. And I just wanted to show you what an average American young adult is facing and what the world looks like for them. I am just giving a glimpse of how I am viewing the world today. My choices today could mean being well off in ten years with just student loan debt and maybe a mortgage. Or it could mean thousands upon thousands of dollars worth of credit card debt, an overwhelming student loan and a car that’s being taken away from me because I can’t afford it. The point is? Is that - sometimes it’s a battlefield, but I am up to the fight.
- JJ Day