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My One Year Student Loan Payoff Update

  January 28, 2022 marked my one year anniversary of paying off my student loans . Reflecting back on choosing to pay off my student loans leaves me with several take a ways that I want to share with you! In September 2020 I decided to become debt free by utilizing the debt snowball method to pay off all my debt. Before this I had struggled to save and really understand basic financial principles. As a first-generation college student, I received a scholarship to attend undergrad for free, but the scholarship did not cover summers. During the summers I took out student loans to cover costs without paying interest rates or how much I was taking out. By the end of undergrad I had amassed a little under $17K. Fast forward to graduate school I received another scholarship that covered my education. At the time I was a teacher in a new very expensive city and I had missed the cutoff to have my paycheck last me throughout the summer. So, I decided to take out a loan for two summers to keep

Thanks to the Americans with Disabilities Act

Hey guys ! I know I’ve been MIA on the blog but I had two big trips planned that kind of blocked out a lot of my time so please forgive me! As you know July was an action packed month for PWDs (people with disabilities) with their being disability pride and the 31st anniversary of the ADA. I even had the opportunity to attend a conference for disability professionals in higher education that really made the month of July very special for me! 


Figure 1: This is a thumbnail from my YouTube video on Thanks to the ADA.. where I am smiling next to the ADA 31 logo in red, white, & blue letters. 

In case you did not know The Americans with Disabilities Act was created to ensure that PWDS have civil rights in all areas of the public like transportation, education, and employment. This law ensures that this population are treated fairly, not discriminated against, and provided with the same opportunities as their non-disabled peers. As someone who has worked with students with disabilities for some time now the ADA is beyond important to me. Thanks to the ADA I have a career that I love and I am able to advocate for a very important population. It also means that I get to be an innovative thinker in the world of academic accommodations by ensuring that students in higher education are provided with fair and equal opportunities to become academically successful. 

Figure 2: This is a poster that reads “31 years Americans with Disabilities Act is enough notice” in red lettering. 


What does the ADA mean to you? Did you know thats it been around for 31 years? Drop down in the comments and let me know! Be sure to check out the video link below!

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