This month I paid off my student loans, as those of you on Twitter might have seen.
Sorry, I'm just going to type that out again because it hasn't quite sunk in yet.
I paid off my student loans.
It's taken a decade. Well over three times the length of time I was at Uni.
In the grand scheme of stuff, I was pretty lucky. Being one of the last ILEA kids, I also went though Uni just before tuition fees came in. So I left with just under £5,000 of debt.
Just to say again, it's taken ten years.
Okay, okay. Anyone with half their wits can see I'm not very good at budgeting or handling money. I'm first to admit that. Me? Money? Generally pretty hapless (although I do have a pension. MADNESS.).
But it never really bothered me when I left education, as everyone I knew was in the same amount of debt, and it would be ages before we had to think about paying it off..
It's at this point that I have to mention that most of the people leaving Uni I speak to now, leave with well over £20,000 of debt.
Which, at the rate I went, would take somewhere between thirty and forty years to pay off. Thirty years of guaranteed debt. Debt that's normal. Expected. Run-of-the-mill.
Yeah. Not sure I'd go to Uni now either.