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The Financial Aid Handbook, Revised Edition by Ruth Vedvik, Carol Stack

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3Let’s Talk About Debt

WHO ARE YOU going to be when you graduate from college? It’s nearly impossible to know the answer. You might be interested in becoming a veterinarian; you might become a CPA; maybe you’ll be chaining yourself to hundred-year-old redwoods and fighting for the rights of our planet. Whatever it is, you want who you are—essentially how you define yourself—to be about the things you do, about what you’re interested in.

The magnificent freedom of a college education will allow you to decide that for yourself. You’ll be able to learn about all avenues of life, and dream up scenarios of yourself walking down them—in a sharp suit, clutching a pair of drumsticks, wielding a paint-brush, or climbing a mountain. Trust us: You will ...

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