Recently I've been reading about students being in so much debt that they fled the country and that a handful of these were art majors to which people scoffed at it being "worthless" "useless", etc.
It kind of put me on a negative thought path toward going to an art school. I realize that degrees aren't necessary for the field but I learn best in a classroom environment and I am so, so happy at my school practicing art.
Right now I am at the community college level improving immensely. I am usually the first to get to my drawing classes and the last to leave 3 hours after it's over. But, this is the last semester I can afford. I was laid off and no luck finding a new job, and to be honest, I do terrible in school when it's balanced with work. So I'm left to consider loans.
I was hell bent on trudging through my associates degree debt-free and taking out whatever I needed to go where ever I want to get my Bachelors, but I may need to reconsider.
I'm fearful of taking on debt after I've read such things. It would probably be no more than 6k to finish my associates- I can do this in federal loans (that's the only help FAFSA gives me since my mother illegally claims me and doesnt help me). After that, the school of my dreams is 60k to finish my Bachelors and that's w/o Federal Aid or scholarships.
But for right now, I'd really like to finish my associates. Since my school's Fine Arts plan of study degree is litered with useless classes to the subject, I also wanted to take many other of the great classes my school has to offer before the prices for such classes are more expensive at another school.
I believe debt is a state of mind and that you should chase your dreams but I need to consider reality.
In your experience has your loans been really difficult to pay off as an artist? Do you regret it, wish you could go back, etc?
Is it recommended that I just start taking out federal loans to finish my community college education?
IS an art degree worth it?
Other advice would be appreciated too.
So sorry if some of my concerns seem elementary, but the only people with college experience I know are my friends at school and they are all able to cruise on Federal Grants for now.