We’re back with another “Ask Paula” episode of the show! As usual, my friend and former financial advisor, Joe Saul-Sehy joins me in answering your questions!
Let’s dive right in.
I just graduated from college with a major in Computer Science and minor in Graphic Design. The whole time – it was rough. I come from a family that didn’t have a lot to give me going into this journey of getting a college degree. So I did it basically on my own – they gave me things here and there – but college is expensive. I wound up getting scholarships and taking on student loans to get through. It was a lot of hard work. Some days, I wanted to quit. I felt like I was never ever going to see the benefits of what I was doing.
Well, I am now at a point in my life where I was able to secure a job (I started a week after graduation) making $80k a year. Obviously, this is great – this is what you’re supposed to do when you graduate with a Comp Sci degree. But for some reason, I don’t know if it’s guilt or shame, but I feel bad watching my friends and family struggle, while I don’t have those struggles anymore. I find myself asking if I deserve this – to have a nice apartment, to have nice things. Inherently I know I deserve it because I worked so hard, but I don’t know …
My question is – do you have any advice for me to help me understand what it is I’m feeling? How I can feel better about it?