Skip to comments.Student debt limits who we become (You won't believe this naive cry-baby)
Posted on 10/26/2007 6:49:11 PM PDT by VA Voter
I am 24, live with my parents, cant find work and am floundering in a sea of debt five figures high. I think of myself as ambitious, independent and hardworking. Now Im dependent, unemployed and sleeping under the same Super Mario ceiling fan that I did when I was 7.
How did this happen? I did what every upstanding citizen is supposed to do. I went to college. I took out loans so I could enroll at Alfred University, a pricey private school. The next year, I transferred to the more finance-friendly University at Buffalo, where I could commute from home and push carts part-time at Home Depot.
I related my forthcoming debt to puberty or a midlife crisis each an unavoidable nuisance; tickets required upon admission to the next stage of adulthood. But as interest rates climbed and the cost of tuition, books and daily living mounted to galactic proportions,
I realized this was more than some paltry inconvenience.
Upon graduating, I was helplessly launched headfirst into the real world, equipped with a degree in history and $32,000 in student loans. Before ricocheting back home, I would learn two important lessons: 1) There are no well-paying let alone paying jobs for history majors. 2) The real world is really tough.
Desperate times called for desperate measures, and I had no intention of living in a society that was as unfair as this one. To seek a haven devoid of the ruthless 9-to-5 ebb and flow of contemporary America, I moved to Alaska.
As a liberal arts major, I dreamed of making a profound difference in peoples lives. Instead, for a year, I lived in Coldfoot, a town north of the Arctic Circle that resembles a Soviet Gulag camp. My job as a tour guide for visitors temporarily alleviated my money woes because it provided room and board, but when the season ended and I moved back home, I was again confronted with the grim realities of debt.
Desperate, I browsed through insurance and bank job descriptions. I had hit an all-time low. Could I surrender my soul for health coverage and a steady income? Could I sacrifice my ideals by falling into line?
Suddenly, living at home didnt seem nearly as degrading as selling out. But sadly, other graduates dont have any choice but to work for temp agencies and retail stores to eke by.
Thats the tragedy of student debt: it doesnt just limit what we do, but who we become. Forget volunteering. Forget traveling. Forget trying to improve your country, or yourself. Youve got bills to pay, young man.
Unfortunately, the recent passage of the College Cost Reduction and Access Act doesnt portend that times are a-changin. The act reduces interest rates on Stafford Loans and increases Pell Grant awards. Whoopty-do.
Theres no question that this is a step forward. But were still talking pennies and nickels when we need to completely revolutionize the governments role in financing post-secondary education.
College is a wonderful experience and something every young citizen should pursue. But without help, a college education is becoming an unaffordable rite of passage and a privilege of the affluent.
My loan payments cant wait much longer, and soon I must leave home to find work that doesnt compromise my integrity. Although I sometimes wonder what it would be like if I had declared as an accounting major and got a cushy job punching numbers somewhere, Ill take my history major, my debt and my moms cooking any day of the week.
Ken Ilgunas, who lives in Niagara Falls, fears college is becoming unaffordable for most Americans.
What a p***y boy. I would be embarrassed to use my name.
He should have majored in Philosophy.
“1) There are no well-paying let alone paying jobs for history majors.”
It would help if you could construct a logically coherent sentence. Hint- reverse paying and well-paying.
Wow! What an incredibly arrogant narcissist. Amazing.
Imagine believing that a liberal arts degree in history would make one ready to make huge benefits in other people’s lives. It’ all so unfair! LOL!
Might have been a good idea for him to apprentice as an electrician or a plumber. Obviously there isn’t a big job market out there for BA History majors.
To quote Drew Carey - ‘Awwwww, you don’t like your job? We have a club for that!
It’s called EVERYBODY.
We meet every night after work at the bar.’
hahah, get the waaaammmmbulance. This kid bought all the lies — ‘Major in anything, it doesn’t matter. Don’t sell YOUR soul and actually get a 9-5 job — (let your dad do that). Go to a pricey school. A career will be the fulfillment of all your dreams.’
The nature of life is -— WORK. There, you’ve got it.
"Equipped" with a degree in HISTORY???
I don't even know where to begin. But I do know that little Kenny will soon be saying, "Would you like to supersize that".
I love that one — ‘we meet after work at the bar.’ hjahah.
I learned that too, thats why I am studying Accounting after a BA in Political Science.
It's official. He's a loser throwback to the 60s.
The poor baby doesn’t want to doesnt compromise his integrity. Imagine how prowd his parents must be.
I wouldn’t hire him. He has horrible judgement, going 5 figures in debt for a History degree? LOL! History is a great subject and can enrich your life enormously, but not with money.....bwhahahahahahahaha!
Now he’s living at the mom and dad Holiday Inn....maybe they will give him points....:)
I need somebody to clean up power plants ... at 15.00 - 20.00 per hour.
What a brat.
Should have been “proud”.
I won't say "Duh!" because I don't know the market. I took a similar gamble (presuming the world will always need new engineers, even if it didn't when I got my BSEE, though it certainly did later for an MSEE/CS) -- and won. But if they weren't looking then I might have gone for Piled Highest and Deepest.
And maybe wound up flipping burgers.
There are no guarantees.