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I’m a 27-year-old attorney who recently emerged from nearly nine months of unemployment.
I am saddled in nearly $200,000 in student loans, not to mention a couple thousand in credit card debt, largely due to furniture purchases made when I first went out “on my own.”
As a result of my unemployment, I made the move back to living on the North Shore with my parents, though now that I am back to work I have recently moved to Jamaica Plain, into an apartment with two — TWO — roommates.
I never thought this would be where I am in my life. I can’t afford to live on my own and I don’t make enough money to even pay half of my monthly student loan interest, let alone make a payment that will eventually lead to me paying them off.
Growing up — and as recently as 2007 when I entered law school, pre-recession — I thought by age 27 that I would be making close to six figures, if not well into the six figures. I’m not even close, even though I’m working my butt off. I thought I’d own a home and now I don’t know if I will ever be in a position to buy a new car (as opposed to used), let alone a house. The idea of having children, once a must, now seems so financially unfeasible that it wouldn’t be fair to have them.
I graduated law school at what seemed to be the WORST time and it turns out it’s only getting worse.