I would like to enter this post as my favorite for the new contest:http://boards.fool.com/Message.asp?mid=14307835The thing that was best for me about this is "Every month, when I sent in my money, I would hold the envelope for a moment and silently thank the tax-payers who had basically sent me to school. I mean, this money enabled me to pursue two degrees and do what I've always wanted to do - it enabled me to live my dream. Isn't that unbelievably cool? So, the primary reason why paying down the debt was so important to me was because I felt so grateful to have even gotten the money in the first place. Evcen now, as I write out those monthly checks, I think to myself, "I wonder what student is going to get this money, so that they can do what they want to do?""When I first graduated, I felt like I had worked so hard in school and wasn't making what I thought I would. I started to feel like I should have skipped school and gone into another field. Bookgrrl's post helped me remember why going to college was a good experience, and not just another bill to pay. This post has had practical application as well. I printed it and gave it to two college kids I know (the daughters of some friends). Both of them are applying her advice, which will save them money in the long run. Kathleen
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