Out of Debt, on the Road

Out of Debt, on the Road 1

Chronicle Review photo illustration by Scott Seymour

I thought of student debt like I thought of death: I didn't think of it at all. As a 21-year-old college student, I had a long life and bright future ahead of me. Why should I worry myself sick over gloomy inevitabilities? Best to shove worries of my $32,000 debt to the back of my mind alongside other yet-to-be-grown-up concerns, like paying a mortgage, finding good day care, and growing skin tags.

I had little desire to leave college. As a history and English student, I loved the