Alix Kunkle: Want to attend college? Sign your life on the dotted line
There are certain things in life where you have to sign your life away in order to break even, such as drug deals or gambling debts.
College shouldn't be one of them. But yet, in an era when attending higher learning has been the standard, not the exception, it's starting to make people wonder whether the benefit of attending college outweighs the cost.
See, as you and I stand right now, a youngster can attend college and hope to earn a degree in a subject of his choosing. Then, if he's lucky, he gets a job within five years of graduating, if he hasn't gone through a mid-life crisis already. If they're really lucky, they get a job within a year.
The one thing he can expect, however, is to be bombarded with ludicrous bills from loan companies wanting their cash back at obscene interest rates. So even if a youngster does make it into a job in his field, he's got to pay well over half of his paycheck right into the open mouths of the monsters that are the student loans –– which then means that the student has to live in near-poverty in order to make ends meet, or else he has to work himself to death by getting a second job.
If a student doesn't get one of those prestigious jobs in his field, it's even tougher because they have to pay those disgusting payments on minimum wage, which means three-fourths of their paycheck is gone before they even get to see it.
I think us recent graduates need to ask the president for a bailout. In recent years, many of our major companies have gotten them and not even deserved it, so why shouldn't we?
We're already in debt enough with these student loans, and it's certainly not our fault that the economy is in shambles. We're already paying half of our paycheck to these monsters, and then what we have left automatically goes towards making sure we have enough gas in our cars to even get to work. And if we're lucky, we have just enough to go out and attend something fun, like a concert or a sporting event, once a year.
Mr. President, we can't help it that we have no money to spend to help the economy. You, as in the government, have taken it already. You pretty much control our lives. If anything, we should have been first in line to get bailed out.
We've learned to manage our expenses to the T, and yet we're still just sneaking by. Some of those major companies you bailed out were too busy worrying about whether their bosses got four vacations to Mexico and a $500,000 bonus each year rather than making sure that they were going to come out on top.
So, Mr. President, how about it? Won't you bail us college students out, too?
Alix Kunkle is the news editor of the Leesville (La.) Daily Leader. You may contact him at firstname.lastname@example.org.