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    1/3 Grads In Debt Living at Home with Mom & Dad vs Attaining CDL = Results Surprise Which Grad Is Doing Well
    1/3 Grads In Debt Living at Home with Mom & Dad vs Attaining CDL = Results Surprise Which Grad Is Doing WellIt was about 22 or so years ago I graduated with a BA from The Ohio State University.  It was very hard for me to say the least, learning wise that is, my Financial Aid was tapped to the hilt as most can relate too.  I wanted to quit every day...


    Kevin Douglas Berg
    17/06/2016 #7 Kevin Douglas Berg
    #1 Thank you sir! I wish that I had more 'life knowledge' so that my choice would have been one that was formed through a different calculation of life expectations.
    Kevin Douglas Berg
    17/06/2016 #6 Kevin Douglas Berg
    #2 I worked for a trucking compamy as an Operations Assistant and I have great respect for them prior and now after seeing what they do day in and day out, it is a job that is vital to everything that makes us a civilized society. That is great that you are keeping that current as well as having the bartending. My dad taught me how to paint, trim, sand, glaze and spray paint. I have a skill that is very hard to do well and I can always find a job doing. I wish you a great week!
    Kevin Douglas Berg
    16/06/2016 #5 Kevin Douglas Berg
    Thank you and I completely agree. Have a great week.
    Margaret Aranda, MD, PhD
    14/06/2016 #4 Margaret Aranda, MD, PhD
    Debt or no debt accrued, higher education can not be "expected" from everyone. Plenty of landmarks have been made by non-college graduates, most certainly! Love the graph; nice memoir with great insight. Thanks!
    Paul Kemner
    10/06/2016 #3 Paul Kemner
    It's probably not a good long-term career choice. But it's hard to pick what is, these days.

    Randy Keho
    10/06/2016 #2 Randy Keho
    Kevin, I had a similar experience, but I knew what I wanted to do for a living while pursuing my degree. My issue came when I realized that my dream job wasn't all it was cracked up to be. It was fun, but it didn't pay the bills. My collegiate-earned debt wasn't insurmountable, like so many of today's grads, so I could take just about any job and not be stressed financially while living with my parents. That eventually led to attaining a Class A CDL, which became a requirement for the job after I'd been with the company for a couple of years. I never imagined heading down that road. I was making local deliveries, so I never had to venture out on the open road. I didn't, and still don't, want to take that step. I eventually found another avenue that allows me to work within my chosen field, but I'm holding on to my top-flight license because you never know where life will take you, especially in today's economy. I also acquired a bartender's license. There will always be a need for truckers and mixologists, just don't mix the two.
    John Williams
    10/06/2016 #1 John Williams
    I'm glad society is starting to change the perspective on professional goals, choosing a major to be someone and thinking that you have everything to lose if you take a year to think it through is now not a thing that you are obliged to do. I liked your story @Kevin Douglas Berg