File this one under “there but for the grace of God go I.” Here’s a profile of Andrew Carmichael, a “whiz kid” who racked up law school debt totaling $215,000. Yep, that’s not a typo. Two hundred fifteen large. Just to put that in perspective – most people in this country could own a house outright for two hundred fifteen thousand dollars. Meaning, Andrew took on law school debt that could have financed a home. Meaning, he’s now looking at a student loan payment the size of a mortgage (to the tune of $2,756 per month). Thank goodness mortgages are totally easy to pay off and have never gotten anyone into trouble.
Spoiler alert: Andrew did get a great job after taking on all that law school debt, so it wasn’t a total waste. He is now employed…as a computer programmer. Yep, that’s also not a typo. He is now a computer programmer. I'm no expert, but last time I checked, a lot of computer programmers were scraping by without JD's.