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Making It in San Diego: Preschool teacher takes on student debt

Angela Alean wants to pay off $21K in debt
Posted: 6:14 PM, Mar 02, 2020
Updated: 2020-03-02 21:38:32-05
Angela Alean wants to pay off $21,000 in student debt

SAN DIEGO (KGTV) -- Since moving to San Diego three years ago, Angela Alean says her financial situation has been like a rollercoaster.

“It has been like ups and downs,” she said.

By night, she’s a student learning childhood development. By day, she’s an assistant teacher at a preschool in Pacific Beach.

She’d like to become a lead teacher one day, but her education has left her with more than $21,000 in student debt.

Her financial goal is to pay that debt off as fast as possible. Alean is one of several San Diegans 10News will follow for the next year to monitor their successes and struggles while attempting to accomplish a financial goal.

“When I think about me not having debt, I think about the possibility of me studying more, learning more about child development, learning more about how to work in a preschool, about better ways to teach children,” she said.

Alean knew she needed a lesson in financial management and budgeting, so she turned to free lessons on YouTube.

Now she closely tracks her expenses and spending, she’s on a “rice and beans” food budget, and she picked up a second job as a tutor.

“I’m willing to make the sacrifice. I’m willing to do whatever it takes to live here because I want to make San Diego my home,” she said.

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