One of my inspirations to start blogging came from Joe Palazzolo, an online friend of mine who I began corresponding with in 2002 because of our interest in pro wrestling. For much of that time, Joe has been an active blogger on a variety of subjects, with his personal journey on repaying his student loans having become his primary subject.
Yesterday, after seven years in the making, Joe blogged that that his entire $120, 603.31 of student loan debt is now fully paid off. Since being featured in a 2006 USA Today cover story pertaining to excessive student loan debt, Joe has chronicled his efforts to repay back such debts via his blog. He has narrated how exactly he’s been able to implement such an aggressive payback strategy while working as a full-time non-profit lender, a part-time adjunct professor, maintaining his own webdesign business, and as a regular volunteer — all while living within his means. His story is highly inspirational and uplifting.
Joe was kind enough to allow me to interview hin the fall of 2007 while working on a student loan story for my investigative journalism class.
Congratulations to my friend on such an enormous accomplishment. Joe certainly has a lot to be proud of and I wish him continued success in his new student loan free life!