Originally posted on Down And Out In The 21st:
As I imagine that the word “privilege” looms over this post like an angry vulture attracted by the title, I want to preface this by disclosing that I am, indeed, fortunate enough to live in a country where college education is cheap and you can take advantage of financial help without putting yourself in crushing debt (at least for now; fingers crossed.) I find it important to tackle this aspect at the outset because I am fully aware that the outlandish costs of higher education in other countries is its greatest pitfall. If my education put me in financial woes that’d give me stomach ulcers for the rest of my own, and possibly my offspring’s, lives, I don’t know if I would be doing it.
One of my best friends, who lives in another European country, saw himself forced to stop his studies halfway into his second year because they had become too expensive. He has a genuine passion for the subject…
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