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Student Loans And Nonprofit Work: Worth It Or Not?

Like most American students, my entire life I was told I could "be anything I wanted to be." Teachers, parents, mentors, counselors, and coaches each help to impart this message to hopeful youth. With no ceiling to hold me back, I dreamed of a multitude of careers that would give me purpose and freedom and, most of all, money. I felt I was only limited by my own faults, and I fervently believed that if I could be persistent, diligent, passionate, and determined enough, that I would accomplish any goal I set for myself. For a young girl in alternative school with no parents, no income, and no guidance, this "be all you can be" mantra was the only thing I knew about planning my future. I was raised in the North Georgia mountains near Chattanooga, Tennessee. My father was in prison most of...

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