i received a notice in the mail the oth­er day explain­ing to me just how much mon­ey i owe the fed­er­al gov­ern­ment for my Stafford loans. now i feel like a true adult, because i have some­thing resem­bling adult size debt. dis­cussing this with real adults has led me to con­clude that debt only grows, and nev­er real­ly decreas­es. i will not let this hap­pen to me. i’m the type of per­son who will live off of mac&cheese until i get it paid off. i do not like being behold­en to any­one.

$17125 is a lot of debt for some­one who only makes $80 bucks every two weeks.