drexel taught me some important lessons. i ended up paying more for 3 months of education that what two years of education at mountain view cost. when i was 18 and decided to move across the country and attend one of the most expensive universities in the country to study dance, of all things, i had no idea what it was like to truly have to work for something, no real understanding of monetary value, or the value of education. basically, i was a blissfully ignorant sheltered child with little life experience. my parents wanted to give me what i wanted, and they didnt want to tell me no. my mom called every family member we have trying get them to cosign a loan just so i could continue to live in a bubble where everything was handed to me, and i was ok with that. now i look back and think how stupid i was. i cried because i was wanted to stay in philadelphia at a technical school to study dance for more the $100000 a year. i just didnt understand how that kind of debt would impact my life. i had never had a job and had never truly had to struggle. up until that point everything just had a way of working out for me. i went to a school knowing that i needed $25000 more for attendance, but i stuck my head in the sand. i scrambled once i got there to try and find that money, but something was working against me and i couldnt make it work. but it didnt, and i am thankful everyday for that. if i had stayed at drexel i would have hundreds of thousands of dollars in debt and a degree in dance. i would have probably carried that debt with me for the rest of my life. i now know the value of education because i paid for it by working at least 30 hours a week (sometimes more) while taking at least 12 credit hours (sometimes more), and everything i learn is inherently more valuable. i work hard and i finally feel like its worth it. i finally feel like im moving forward. i have my own money and i think i manage well and i think a lot more before i make financial decisions. i know that i am only 3 years older, but i feel a hell of a lot wiser.