Getting Out of Student Debt and On the Road

A post-college career detour offers a different kind of education—and the opportunity to get out of student debt.

One night a week, I got to lead an “aurora tour,” on which I’d drive Japanese guests up the road to a spot where we could get a clean view of the northern lights.
When gazing into the aurora, or standing alone on a mountaintop, or even working alongside my deranged, possibly homicidal co-workers, I’d feel the jolt of a direct, raw encounter with the world—a wild richness of being—and I was happy I wasn’t embalmed in some stuffy Ph.D. program somewhere.
Photo By Nina Matthews