May 22, 2009 at 12:18 AM ET
Drowning in debt, like so many young college graduates in America, Sarah Fightmaster struggles to keep her chin up while credit cards and student loans drag her down. It all started, she says, when she applied for her first credit card as a 19-year-old college student so she could get a free DVD player. In this video, Fightmaster tells her own story.
Fightmaster, now a lawyer in Brooklyn, describes in this video how a family tragedy -- the death of a grandmother -- helped keep her afloat, thanks to an inheritance. Still, she struggles just to make her minimum payments on credit cards and loans.
With NBC producers Blayne Alexander, Hilary Guy, Sabina Mohan and editor Ed Eaves.