At SALT™, we talk extensively about understanding your personal relationship with money. Why? Because when you think about it, money influences almost all of our decisions—and many of the habits we form. These range from small, daily conundrums (e.g., walking vs. taking a cab) to larger, lifelong decisions (e.g., where to attend college or buy a home.)
So, when was the last time you really thought about your money?
If you read my last post, you may have realized I left a crucial component out: what exactly was I moving to New York City for. The answer: to work in the advertising industry!
Yes, sometimes when nobody is looking, I practice my Don Draper smolder in the mirror. Unfortunately, horribly imitating the famed, fictional Mad Men creative director hasn’t resulted in a salary equivalent to his yet—which I could have really used when looking for a place to live.
Helping people understand student loans is our job at SALT™, and few are better at it than Betsy Mayotte—the director of regulatory compliance for American Student Assistance® (our parent company). We told borrowers to “Just Ask” her questions, so check out her answers below (as well as her cat—because if Piglet can’t make student loans better, what can?).
So, you had a job interview and thought it went great. You sent the appropriate thank you email. The interviewer’s response sounded promising—they spoke to you like you practically had the job.
Then … you receive the rejection email.
At least, that’s what happened to me after my first “I really want this” job interview, and boy was I disappointed.
Ever since high school, my dream job has always been travel writing. Along the way, many people told me it would be too difficult—or even impossible. I believed it.
For a long time, I thought I would need to work a desk job forever, to pay my bills and student loans. I didn’t like cubicle life, so at the end of last year, I shifted my attitude and started thinking positively.
In May, I quit my 40-hour-per-week office job to pursue freelance travel writing. And now, I’m satisfied and happy.
You check your grades, emails, and missed calls, right? But have you checked your credit score?
If you read this with a glazed look over your eyes, it’s OK—in college, I also had no idea what a credit score was or why it’s so important. Until, like Sasha, I tried to rent my first apartment. I didn’t have a long credit history. “That can’t be so bad,” I thought. At least it’s not bad credit, right?
Well … I had no way to convince leasing offices that I’m capable of punctually paying rent. To them, I was still a risk!