I work in higher education as an admissions officer. Right now, I wouldn't change a thing about my degree or my college experience. I'm debt-free and employed in my field of choice at 43. My academic background has set me up well to do a Masters. I plan to get a new degree in the next five years to open doors for advancement, but I don't need it quite yet, and I don't think there's anything I could have done in undergrad to ward off needing further education eventually. I'm currently charting out how to get my Masters as economically as possible. While I had heard of before, I didn't start thinking of it as possible for myself until I was just over a year after graduating. I've always been a saver so this hasn't been a huge change. My biggest advice is to just start! Once I started investing, I felt much more on-track towards my long-term goals.




I have a BA in Education Studies and Cognitive Science, so four years of undergrad.


I've been meaning to go back through the bills to figure out how much I actually paid, but I went to an Ivy League school and my education was funded mostly by university grants, then outside scholarships, some from my parents, and a chunk of savings set aside by other relatives. I did have federal loans totaling about $16,000 when I graduated that I've paid off.