The $124,421 Man

Chadwick Matlin
Jun 25, 2014 · 14 min read

How to pay off a mountain of student debt in six (long) years

By Chadwick Matlin
Illustration by Paul Windle

  • Gamble that Tufts would lead to a good education and connections that would lead to jobs that would lead to life fulfillment.
  • If my life stalled after Tufts, at least I wouldn’t question whether a better school would have made for a different life. As a UConn alumnus, for reasons entirely irrational, I might.
  • Go to Tufts and transfer soon thereafter.
  • Withdraw from Tufts and register at the regional university near my parents’ house, biding my time until transferring elsewhere.


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