One of my close friends has been such a great cheerleader for me during my debt pay-off process. She encourages me and lets me pick her brain a little bit on how her and her husband run some of their household budget. She works at Regions Bank and was appointed to take charge in their ‘Women in Wealth’ initiative. She felt a great starting place to get the message out would be at the college level. SO, since we were both in Phi Mu at Belmont University (she was our chapter’s president), she decided she wanted to start there by speaking to the current Phi Mu Theta chapter, and invited me to speak alongside of her.
It was great to be back on campus talking about all things finance and student loan related to those who are quite literally in the exact same place I was a cool 7 years ago. I hope my story resonated with them, and if anything, I can be a resource to one of them who might feel a bit like she is drowning here in a couple of months after graduating. I know from memory, and from reading back on this very blog, that I was completely lost and had no one to turn to for guidance. It might have taken me 7 years to get back to them, but at least I am here now and can be a lighthouse for this wave of Belmont graduates to find their way back to shore.
I snapped this photo of the renovated music business building entrance as I'd like to think that I AT LEAST paid for the gold that now lines the stair railings OR the glitter that now covers every inch of the floor :)