This is me, 9 months ago, graduating from the lovely University of Saint Mary in Leavenworth, KS. After 5 years as a college student, 4 years as a college athlete, 2 years at a (very liberal) community college in California, 3 years at a (very, very conservative, and very Catholic) private university in Kansas, and 3 majors (fire tech>comm>business admin./marketing) I have gotten a pretty good idea on what college is like from all different angles. Well in America anyway...
Did you know that many other countries offer free secondary education funded by tax dollars? (France, Brazil, Italy, Sweden, Nepal, Peru...to name a few) Of this long list of countries, several even offer higher education to international students for free (or nearly free) as well. However, in the last six years alone, the cost of tuition for college in America has jumped as high as a 9.5% increase from one year to the next. Another frightening fact is the interest rate on loans...for undergraduate students the standard government issued subsidized loan had an interest rate of 4.6% in 2014 (6.2% for graduate students), however the interest rate for a loan from the bank in 2014 was only 1.75%. How does that seem logical? A student, willing to take on debt to continue their education and contribute to society, should not be punished by higher rates on loans.
Writing out these facts and thinking about all of it in depth, truthfully, makes me so angry but also heart broken. This is a great time for me to practice positive thinking and look at it as an opportunity. I wanted to share some of these facts with you in hopes to spark something in you; Whether you have a dream to travel to receive a more affordable education, whether you are debating whether or not to take out student loans, whether you hope to change the education system in America one day...who knows?
I dream of a world where people come together and stand up for what they believe. Why not start with myself??
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