LA CROSSE, WIS — Six years following her graduation from UW-La Crosse, Thursday afternoon, Lexi Angleton finally made the last payment toward her celebratory dinner at Lovechild.
“It’s over,” Angleton said. “I can finally get on with my life!”
The 28 year old psychology major remembers the moment she graduated, feeling like she was ready to take on anything.
“You really feel invincible in that moment,” she said. “What you don’t know is that certain financial choices can follow you for a really long time.”
Angleton said she was feeling overly confident when her then boyfriend asked where she wanted to celebrate. After spending some time in the loveseats near the bar for happy hour, each ordered and enjoyed their entree.
“It was so long ago, I don’t even really remember what I had. Lamb, maybe?” she said. “All I remember is thinking that it was pretty good. And then the bill came…”
Though she declined to say how much the bill was, Angleton indicated she had to opt for the 6 year, 72 month payment plan just to make rent. Her boyfriend opted for seedier means, allegedly borrowing cash from a north side biker gang.
“I haven’t really seen him since then,” she said.
However, that was then and this is now. With her final payment behind her, she’s ready to move on to bigger things. Although buying a house or car, she says, is still on hold.
“No… I have student loans,” Angleton said. “So I guess I’m still fucked.”
Reporter Sam Shilts contributed to this article.