Ladies, I am all about the #LevelUp. Nothing looks better on a woman than a good mood, and one way to boost your mood is to take care of yourself. Personal accomplishments, career achievements, taking care of one’s physical health, looking after one’s mental health, all of these are excellent pathways to take on the journey of leveling up.
But in your search for a better you, there are pitfalls you will need to look out for. Specifically, I want to caution about the damper student loans can create. As a former educator, I urge black women to only enroll in school for a degree program if the degree is absolutely vital to their goals; if having a college degree is not absolutely necessary for the profession, consider other, less expensive routes to take.
While a college degree is a definite accomplishment, the power a college degree has in most fields has lessened over the last two decades. In many fields, a bachelor’s degree won’t take candidates as far up the salary ladder as it once did, requiring education beyond the typical four-year degree for most career advancement.