So...I spent $2,520 today and am having a bit of buyer's remorse. Perhaps because I don't have anything to show for it. Literally nothing, not even a receipt!
Actually, more than buyer's remorse, I have a little bit of pride and a lot of cautious optimism. Pride, because I have officially paid off every last cent of college debt (two years after I found out about the last 252,000 cents I owed) (and not counting the personal loan that I got two years ago, which still has almost three years left on it). Cautious optimism because I no longer have any financial holds on my transcript, which means I'm free to continue my education. There is a hold on there, but I just needed a note from the DoE that said my Perkins loans were paid off. They said they'd fax it over to Penn State in two business days.
Would you like to hear the ironic part?
After a few hours of Google searching (that's how one picks a school nowadays, right?), the most intriguing degree program I found is from Penn Freaking State's online campus! At least most of my credits would transfer... theoretically... if I were to be accepted... and get some more lovely student loans that I promise not to default on as long as I live, so help me God. Anyway, I'm still looking, and I'm not going to talk more about the degree or anything until I have a plan in place. You know, a plan that will cost more money and take more time and brainpower than I've put in to anything in about... umm... ever.
But, you know, cautious optimism.