A topic that was once steeped in shame and stigma has become normalized, for better or for worse.
For over a decade, Nika Booth had a secret. “I didn’t tell anyone, and it was eating me up,” she said. “I was even in serious relationships where I never said anything about it.” To make matters worse, her secret was getting bigger. “I felt like I was going crazy,” she said. “But I grew up in a home where you don’t talk about your personal struggles, so I kept it to myself.”
In 2019, Ms. Booth decided that she couldn’t conceal her predicament any longer. She owed more than $130,000 in student loans, and the interest was compounding faster than she could keep up. “I figured if I was stuck, maybe other people were stuck too,” she said. “I wanted to know that I wasn’t alone.”
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