Hypothetical "boot straps student" rant

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    Don’t EVEN Get Me Started, Mythical Bootstraps College Student | Persephone Magazine

    Excellent, well-researched, -written and -considered post.
     
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    I worked as a fuckin' Security Guard for $5 an hour while going to community college for two years (92-94) to get my Aircraft Mechanics License. After living in Japan for a few years I came back and started work as Mechanic at an Airline for $10.65 an hour (I was making just under $18 an hour when I left 5.5 years later). But during that time I went to school full time, did homework on my days off and graduated College in 2001.

    Yes, it can be done.
     
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    Neither my wife nor I received any scholarships for college.
    We received no financial help from family.
    I did receive GI-Bill funding of $300 a month for 4 years (rent for our cottage was $550 a month and did not include utilities).
    We both attended college at the same time.
    I worked full time (more than min wage) and attended college part time. She worked part time (also more than min wage) and attended college full time. She graduated one year before me.
    Our second child was born shortly after my wife graduated college. Fortunately, the birth of the second child was covered under insurance, because the first one was not.
    We graduated with zero student loan debt and zero credit card debt. We did have a car loan/debt. Sacrifices were made to accomplish this.
    I will admit, this was over 20 years ago, but even back then, the cost of living in CA was astronomical.
    It is possible to graduate from college without student loan debt.
     
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    Reply to the bullet points in bold.

     
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    So what?

    Look at steve jobs. He came here with NOTHING and look what he did for everyone working in the capitalist system of the united states.
     
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    Anybody read the article? Anybody understand/grasp/comprehend that students are up against it like they never have been before? In other words. Even five years ago, prices were lower than they are now.
     
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    and 5 years before i started college, prices were lower than when i started college.

    big fucking deal.

    it's called life.

    you want fair?

    find a fucking ferris wheel
     
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    And still not the point.

    If we want to be the greatest country on earth, education prices need to come down.
     
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    Sure. Tell us how. As it is most Universities are running as tight a ship as possible. The economic downturn affected both Private and Public institutions. Where I'm at we are running at bare bones. Losing anyone else at any level would be a disaster. And we've cut nearly every other part of the budget that can be cut. Costs cuts from here on out will mean faculty, which means larger class sizes and lower success rates.

    It is tough for students right now, but in addition there's more help available for them than when I went to college in the 90's.
     
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    Boo fucking hoo.

    BTW, where are all the douchebaggers protesting and complaining about "price gouging" by Big Edumacation?

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