“When I lost my job designing and engineering auto show exhibits in January 2008, I decided it was time to go back to school and finish my degree.
“I was out of work, so Pell Grants were essential. They covered a quarter of my tuition, and student loans helped me with the rest. Thanks to President Obama’s ‘Pay as You Earn’ plan, paying back those student loans will be a lot easier because my rate is based on my monthly income.
“Even though I had 15 years of experience in my field, getting my bachelor’s degree in Interior Design truly paid off. Two years ago, I started a company with two partners. This August, I decided to strike out on my own. My business provides retail design for restaurants.
“I feel really good about my new business. If you asked me, ‘Are you better off than you were four years ago?’, the answer would be yes. Four years ago, I would never have thought to start my own business because of the economy. Now that the auto industry is back, and Michigan is doing well as a result—the demand for my services continues to increase day by day.
“The difference from four years ago is that today, I have more hope than ever. I'm committing to vote for President Obama on Election Day.”