Student loan nightmare: $28,000 left to pay – but my degree is useless
OPINION: I graduated from Massey University with a Bachelor of Communications in 2010.
I wasn’t too sure what I wanted to do after school and felt pressured to attend university by my family, so I started a nursing degree through Massey University in my first year after high school. I dropped out after first semester because I didn’t enjoy it.
I worked full time at a supermarket until the beginning of the next year when I settled on a communications degree. I liked the sound of it and all it could offer. I took summer school semesters on top of the usual semesters and graduated by the time I was 21.
I had only paid back a portion of my degree and still have $28,000 left.
I was not eligible for the allowance when I studied because of my parents supposedly high income – even though they never financially supported me through university, other than to let me board for cheap.
Now, I feel like my degree is null and void. I have three young children. My skills are more than 10 years old and I have never worked in that industry. Returning to work and finding a job in communications would mean retraining to current standards
I worry about if and when I do get return to work – which will probably be to a minimum wage job – I’m supposed to pay back something I never gained much from in the first place, while trying to support my family.
I feel very lost and a little scared at the amount of student debt I have without having gained a career, as mother and role model to three young children.
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