Would you wait to repay your loan if you were me?

I am a 21 year old senior graduating college this summer. I am extremely fortunate to not pay any rent or my own tuition. I have a total of about $11,000 in savings from the years I have worked and from gifts and allowances. Since I attended a private year college for the first year of college, I took out a loan of

I am a 21 year old senior graduating college this summer. I am extremely fortunate to not pay any rent or my own tuition. I have a total of about $11,000 in savings from the years I have worked and from gifts and allowances. Since I attended a private year college for the first year of college, I took out a loan of $5,500 (which has since increased to $5,780) since scholarships and financial aid did not cover the full tuition. I am planning on taking a gap year after college to get some more work experience and to become financially independent, but I do not know how fast I will get a job. Would you pay off the student loan if you were in my position?
Thank you for all the answers! I apologize for not mentioning that the gap year I'm taking is due to me wanting to pay for my own tuition for graduate school.

Best Answer:

choko_canyon: I would pay it off as soon and as fast as possible. Not just because of the interest accumulation, but because the sooner you pay it off, the better your credit will be. That will be important from the day you graduate.

Other answer:

choko_canyon:
yeah, pay it off, the interest shall take years to pay off…
Love big words:
Pay it
A Hunch:
What do you mean, you are planning to take a "gap" year? You are a college graduate now. You get a professional job at this point.

If you have no idea how long the $11000 has to last for, you need to save it at this point. If you get a job, you can pay the loan off then.

my 2 cents:
Yes, pay it off, the interest will take YEARS to pay off.
Donald B:
Get the job and pay off the loan as soon as you know you have more income
Kayla:
I'd say, make payments on your loan. It'll help boost your credit score, which for some reason credit scores are a super big deal these days.

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