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Deciding to go on to college or university after high school was a no-brainer for me. As someone who values education and learning in all stages of life, it just seemed natural to seek a degree past my high school diploma. I spend four years of undergrad at a private liberal arts college studying English, foreign language, and education. I studied psychology, sociology, and human exceptionalities. I left my four years more prepared than I could be for my career. There was just one small problem. I wasn’t at all prepared to tackle some loans I had amassed during my time in college.

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It was a shock when I received that first loan payment. I still hadn’t quite adjusted to life Freedom to pursue my career of choiceas an “adult,” and when it came time to pay for all those years of education, my bank account just laughed at me. I hadn’t planned. I hadn’t saved. And, I hadn’t anticipated my payments being as high as they were. Fast forward five years and I’m established in my career, married, and living in a booming city. But, the one thing that hasn’t changed are my loans. Add in my husband's even more enormous debt, and I spend more each month on loans than I do my mortgage. Don’t get me wrong; I am very thankful for my degree because it allows me a lifestyle I would never have had otherwise, but sometimes I sit and wonder what I would do if I didn’t have such a large loan payment each month.

Maybe I would be sitting on a tropical beach somewhere. Maybe I would drive the nicest and newest car. Maybe I would have a home with ten bedrooms and a pool – okay that one is a stretch. But, regardless of what it might be, having even a year without some of my loans could change my life dramatically. Thankfully, that could be a reality!

SunTrust’s Year #onUpSweepstakes Wants to Help

You may have heard of SunTrust’s onUP movement to help people like you and me take a step forward in financial confidence. I have taken full advantage of this movement and worked to get my finances in order, pay bills ahead of time, and save more and more money each month. But now SunTrust wants to give back even more. With the Year #onUpSweepstakes, people just like us will get the chance to win enough money to live more financially stable for a year. Whether it’s your mortgage, student loans, auto payment, or whatever, SunTrust wants to give you enough money to cover those bills for a full year! SunTrust isn’t paying your bills for you. Instead, they are giving you the resources to be responsible and to work with your finances to get a year of freedom from loans! How cool is that?!

From June 29th through August 31, 2016, you can enter to for a chance to win. Just think, what would you do with an enough money to cover your loans for a year? Would you travel? Would you save it? Would you use the money to pay other bills? How would you spend a year debt free? SunTrust wants to know! Share you story with SunTrust for a chance to win.

At SunTrust Bank their purpose is lighting the way to financial well-being. When you feel confident about your money, you can save for your goals and spend knowingly on what matters most to you.

The onUp movement was created to guide millions of people one step at a time towards a more financially confident life without ever losing sight of the moments that matter along the way.

Join the growing number of people transforming their stress into positive motivation to move onUp.

Join the movement

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of SunTrust. The opinions and text are all mine.

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