Thursday, January 19, 2006

student loans suck

all throughout my college, i advocated that education should be a right, not a privelege for those who could afford it. while i understood what this meant in the theoretical sense, it didn't hit me that i would have to pay off $28,000 of my personal student loans six months after i left. and indeed, that time has now come.

if i wasn't living back at home, i wouldn't be able to afford rent, food, etc and student loans. of course, being that i am white and grew up middle class, i would probably never give up the privelege as defining myself as middle class, but shit, i'm really not. in fact, with all the fucking debt school puts middle class students and their parents into, i'm surprised so many people still identify as middle class. my family certainly isn't saving any money, or any of that shit which is associated w/ being middle class except for the fact we own a home. we really do live from paycheck to paycheck. my mother has her masters, but works for a non-rofit and doesn't make enough money. how do people even deifne middle class anyway? isn't it if you're educated and own a home? what if you're a single mom, or what if you have a fuckload of debt?

this makes me wonder why i would still identify as middle class. i think it probably has to do with the racist notion that the only poor people in this country are people of color who leech off the government and have like 12 kids so they get more welfare (of course, this is a myth, but who cares in the day and age of everyone lying). as a white person who lives in colorado springs, i can't not be financially well off, even if i have no money to save or invest...hmmm...something to think about.

i'm really good at neglecting class shit because i don't have to think about it. boo to me.

3 Comments:

At 10:59 PM, Blogger Kevin said...

http://www.pbs.org/now/politics/middleclassoverview.html

 
At 11:19 PM, Blogger Pinky said...

dude, how come you always know when i update!!! you're crazy!

 
At 10:19 AM, Blogger Kevin said...

I have no life.

 

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