Since somebody asked, I'll explain my education woes for a minute.
I was really stupid and my parents were going through a divorce in 1996 (the year I graduated from high school). Basically, my mom dumped me at USC when the ink hadn't even dried on their divorce, moved to Massachusetts and expected me to be ready to handle all that. Surprise, surprise, I was not. So, I lasted one semester then dropped out because I couldn't handle the pressure.
That back story to say that I've pretty much been in school off and on since then, trying to get my Bachelor's Degree. I've moved to various states and each time would lose a little of the credits I had earned.
In 2006, I moved back to South Carolina and started at USC. I knew this was it and I was going to finish no matter what. In May 2009 I FINALLY got my Bachelor's Degree in English and enrolled in the MLIS program, also at USC, for August. May 2011 (the day before I got married), I got my Master's Degree in Library and Information Science from USC.
I guess I should back up and say literally this entire time I have been working full time and going to school full time. Actually, I have been at my current job exactly 4 years ago today. I am a legal assistant which basically is a nothing position (no offense to any legal assistants out there). You need no degree to do it and I will absolutely never do anything higher in my company. So, I get this job while I'm still working on my Bachelor's and also while I was in Graduate School.
Now I sit with three degrees (I actually got an Associate's Degree along the way somewhere but that isn't important). I have the same job I had four years ago with no degree and 200+ applications later, the prospect of going somewhere else doesn't look quite so realistic. Couple that with the fact that, on paper, I should be making at least $15,000 more than I am now because I have an advanced degree and I feel like it's a complete waste. I could have saved myself the $100,000.00 debt (which is probably in default because I cannot afford the $700 a month payment because of my current salary), the years of headache and stress and just stayed where I am now. Instead, I could cover my house, your houses and all of our cars with the rejection after rejection I have received.