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What I Wish I Knew About Student Loans As A First-Year Attorney

Source Date: 
Wednesday, January 10, 2018

I can’t believe I have already been an attorney for about five years! Time really flies when you’re having “fun,” and it is crazy to think that I have been practicing law for so long.  When I first started my career, I had many fears about student loans, and I also misunderstood the impact that student loans could have on my life.  I never thought that I would be debt free so early in my career, and I also did not totally grasp the reality of living with student loans when I was a first-year associate.  All told, there are a number of things about student loans I wish I knew when I was a first-year attorney that I came to understand from living with student debt.

"Nothing in life is to be feared. It is only to be understood."
– Marie Curie
"If we don't change direction soon, we'll end up where we're going."
– Irwin "Professor" Corey
“This would be a much better world if more married couples were as deeply in love as they are in debt.”
– Earl Wilson
"There is scarcely anything that drags a person down like debt."
– P. T. Barnum
The road to success is always under construction
– Lily Tomlin
"Bankruptcy laws allow companies to smoothly reorganize, but not college graduates burdened by student loans."
– Robert Reich
“What I would like to do... once I take care of all my kids' student loans, is buy a red 1965 Mustang and fully restore it.”
– Mike Quigley