Benjamin Kane, 23, Antigonish, N.S. –
I worked as a travelling salesperson selling soft-serve ice cream equipment all over Ontario and Quebec. While on the road, I worked seven days a week and made 15-per-cent commission on any equipment I sold. Over two years I made an average of $8,000 per summer. I was able to cover my tuition and a slice of my living expenses but I was about $5,000 short each year. I graduated in May, 2012, with approximately $22,000 of debt ($6,000 to my bank, and $16,000 to my parents). Thankfully I was able to secure post-graduate employment in my field of study and should be debt-free by 2014.