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DIY Diploma

DIY Diploma

When high school graduation was approaching, I was eager to get as far away from my hometown as possible. So much so that I paid for my own application fee to the University of Alabama, hitched a ride with my friend down south to check out the campus, fell in love with it, came home to an acceptance letter, and was ready to pack my bags. My parents quickly reminded me that I’d forgotten one thing—I was a 17-year-old with no money and very little direction about what I actually wanted to do. Not to mention they were in no financial situation to pay for four years of out-of-state college. They’d made that clear to me, but all the while I covered my ears in a la-la-la...

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