Tuesday, April 16, 2013

Making Ripples

This blog post was going to be a blog post thanking all those people who helped me after the posting of my last entry, and I was epically going to brag about the college I went to and how awesome the professors are there. I mean, of the people who gave me good advice and helped me, some of them were professors from my college. I mean how awesome is that? Not only are these people my Facebook friends, not only am I on a first name basis with them, but they read my blog and helped me out, and I'm not even a paying student anymore!

BUT. This post is not going to be about how awesome my college is because in the midst of all the struggle I was going through.... they censored me.
This is literally my face. Its what I look like right now.
People are staring...

Let me re-preface this again: I love my friends and family and I am truly blessed and humbled by the outreach of support that was given to me after I outlined my financial difficulties for everyone to read. My hope for the previous post was to shed some light for both adults and students alike on what it’s like to be a post college-graduate in 2013. That handling loans is frustrating and confusing and hard to deal with.  I directed all of my frustration towards the loan companies because, honestly, that is where all my frustration lies.
After posting about the struggles I am having with student loans, in an attempt to enlighten people, both young and old about the struggles of a post-college grad in 2013, I received a message from the admissions department of my alma mater….

You see, a few months ago the admissions department asked me if I would be willing to have my blog linked to on the webpage. I was flattered and, having been a face of my college for 2 years on the web page, and an active student in student government, work study jobs, and many other extra-curricular activities, I said yes, of course.

Well, after my most recent post they notified me that, because of the content, they would be severing the connection between themselves and my blog because it didn’t fit in with their recruitment efforts. I totally get this, as an institution it is there goal to get students excited to go the school in any way possible, and talking about the negative effects of loans and how much money they will end up spending is a sure fire way to make that excitement go flaccid.

I mean that is how the advertising world works right? Get the customers to think about the positive aspects of the product they are buying and reduce the impact of the negative aspects. That’s how corporations are able to sell Call of Duty to children and cigarettes to addicts. Anyone from J.P Morgan to a common drug dealer knows this game.  The problem I am struggling with is that Education is not a product. It is not something that needs to be bought by consumers. Educations is a necessity for the enlightenment and enrichment of life. This is doubly true if that institute of knowledge is founded as a non-profit corporation because in their founding documents they decided that education was not about making money! I mean of course big state school would take the approach to making college a serviceable package. That’s how they work. I mean hell, check out some of the big money schools and their webpages, the dorms they advertise look like luxury spas and retirement homes more than houses for the academics of our world.

So I was honestly very disappointed that my alma mater would take this approach of advertising-over-honesty. I mean as a very small, catholic, liberal arts, and NON-PROFIT educational facility, you would think that their goal is to educate mind and to take brilliant people and enrich those seeking to be learned in the ways of the world and the teaching of the ancient and modern minds and philosophies.

I understand that a school needs bodies to keep it going and pay the staff and the board members. But student loan debt has reached an all-time high, and we need to start fixing this issue. I can’t imagine how hard it is for those who are not as lucky as I am to have such wonderful people in my life. My hope for the previous post was to shed some light for both adults and students alike on what it’s like to be a post college-graduate in 2013. That handling loans is frustrating and confusing and hard to deal with.But censoring me proves my point even more so that there is NO HELP when it comes to student loans. It is a problem that people just want to ignore. It’s the turd in the punch bowl that no one is talking about.

In closing, from the bottom of my heart I love each and every one of those people who reached out to help me after my last blog post about struggling with my student loans. And I especially want to give a thank you to those professors whom I count amongst my friends. Thank you everyone. You all are beautiful people and the help you have given me is going to be what gets me through this. The world needs more people like you. Until Next Time...

"But on you will go
though the weather be foul.
On you will go
though your enemies prowl.
On you will go
though the Hakken-Kraks howl."
Dr. Seuss, Oh, the Places You'll Go

1 comment:

  1. Hey Joey, welcome to the paradigm shift!

    Is education a right or a priveledge? That is a fun debate, and will reach down to foundations of one's faith. But with either answer, schooling is a business. BIG business.