We Love Student Debt

We Love Student Debt

Student debt drains the life out of college students who are already dead inside
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The right to a free education is liable up until the end of high school. Public high schools are open to anyone that wants to attend, as long as they behave. After high school, however, things get a little rough.

College education is infamous for the huge amount of money that is required. When the current college generation is graduated with degrees and children of their own, no longer will kids be told scary children's story of the "boogie monster." No, they will be told scary stories of student debt.

The next generation of children will grow up fearing student debt as inevitable, as it is now. If a student wants to go to college, student debt is inevitable. Inevitable, with two exceptions.

Exception #1: You were one of the school valedictorians and you were given a full ride to a school. Congratulations! The hundreds of hours of lost sleep and food were all worth it in the end for the three kids in the world that are given full rides to decent schools.

Exception #2: Mommy and Daddy are letting you live off of the fortune they made so you don't have to worry about a thing. Don't worry about getting a job like the rest of us college students, just go buy some ice cream and a lollipop. You can definitely live off of their money without working for the rest of your life!

These exceptions make up a measly number in this world and most of us know this will never happen in our lifetime, our children's lifetime, or our grandchildren's lifetime.

No, the rest of us are sent to rely on scholarships. You have a one in one thousand chance of getting this scholarship that you spent five hours applying for. Apply this to ten other scholarships and that's fifty hours down the drain for a scholarship you probably won't even get.

Now we turn to FAFSA. Great that we need this, right? Did you know all males that agree to FAFSA terms are signed up for the draft while females still aren't? No sexism there.

So to get a job, you need college experience. To get into college, you need money. To get money, you need a job... You could always go work at McDonald's and hope your minimum wage is enough to ride you over college debt.

What a great way to start life.

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To The Parent Who Chose Addiction

Thank you for giving me a stronger bond with our family.

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When I was younger I resented you, I hated every ounce of you, and I used to question why God would give me a parent like you. Not now. Now I see the beauty and the blessings behind having an addict for a parent. If you're reading this, it isn't meant to hurt you, but rather to thank you.

Thank you for choosing your addiction over me.

Throughout my life, you have always chosen the addiction over my programs, my swim meets or even a simple movie night. You joke about it now or act as if I never questioned if you would wake up the next morning from your pill and alcohol-induced sleep, but I thank you for this. I thank you because I gained a relationship with God. The amount of time I spent praying for you strengthened our relationship in ways I could never explain.

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Thank you for giving me a stronger bond with our family.

The amount of hurt and disappointment our family has gone through has brought us closer together. I have a relationship with Nanny and Pop that would never be as strong as it is today if you had been in the picture from day one. That in itself is a blessing.

Thank you for showing me how to love.

From your absence, I have learned how to love unconditionally. I want you to know that even though you weren't here, I love you most of all. No matter the amount of heartbreak, tears, and pain I've felt, you will always be my greatest love.

Thank you for making me strong.

Thank you for leaving and for showing me how to be independent. From you, I have learned that I do not need anyone else to prove to me that I am worthy of being loved. From you, I have learned that life is always hard, but you shouldn't give into the things that make you feel good for a short while, but should search for the real happiness in life.

Most of all, thank you for showing me how to turn my hurt into motivation.

I have learned that the cycle of addiction is not something that will continue into my life. You have hurt me more than anyone, but through that hurt, I have pushed myself to become the best version of myself.

Thank you for choosing the addiction over me because you've made me stronger, wiser, and loving than I ever could've been before.

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After Meeting With My Academic Adviser, I Feel Like Even More Of A Failure

Let me just tell you, I didn't come out of my advising meeting feeling like I had a hopeful future.

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Let me paint the picture for you — I'm sure so many of my fellow peers can see in their heads: my adviser is typing down all the possible classes I could sign up for the fall semester, while I sit to the left of him to look at the screen. He starts telling me that everything is up in the air in terms of completing my degree. As I held my tears back, I wondered why am I such a failure?

Every college student has been in the scenario, so I am far from the norm. We all have sat down with an adviser just to listen them inform us that everything we have been doing wrong for the whole semester. Advisers speak in that unsure tone when you discuss with them which classes they could possibly take — it's gut-wrenching. You just want to bawl your eyes out because you have been under a high level of stress for trying to be the "best student" you can possibly be. The situation frustrates you to the point that you want to scream at your adviser. All you want is for someone to give you hope for the future, not another person who will tear you down and strip you of the last pieces of dignity that you have.

In my case, hearing the words, "It might take you three more years to graduate," was a bullet straight to my heart.

So many questions ran through my mind. Am I even smart enough to continue pursuing a degree? If I do, will I be successful after I graduate?

Of course, there was so much more to the meeting. But, hearing someone tell you that you will not graduate on time is the epitome of feeling like a failure. I know I will no longer be conforming to the "four-year model" of a regular college student. Aside from feeling as if I've failed myself, the situation has also caused me to distance myself from my parents because I worry that I will let the unfortunate new slip out — I'm sure they will come across this article.

With all of this in mind, it has been very hard to not want to just drop everything and stay in bed all day. Nothing would be more comforting than to just lay in bed all day and forget about the stresses of college. Luckily, meeting with another adviser — someone who knew what she was talking about — helped me set a solid plan in motion, giving me some hope that I will graduate within a reasonable time frame.

Fingers crossed!

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