According to the American Student Assistance website, there are 37 million people with outstanding student loan debt.
Of that 37 million, fourteen are people under the age of 30 otherwise known as millennial generation (my generation).
Soon, the debt will hit the one trillion-dollar mark.
Time and time again, I find myself skimming through Yahoo articles regarding this issue.
So many people have an opinion about this current state of affairs.
The responses are 75 percent negative but, 25 percent positive.
Some people feel as though the debt should be forgiven.
The blame does not rest on the youth but, on the government.
A number of people feel like this problem should rest solely upon the borrower.
Most people choose to completely separate themselves from this issue citing that “they” made the right choice by joining the military , taking up a trade or attending a cheaper college (2 year or otherwise).
In the past six years, I learned that there is no right or wrong answer in this situation.
I graduated from college six years ago.
This was a year before the economic collapse of 2008.
My dream was to work in media.
I wanted to start from the bottom and work my way up.
Returning home after graduation was only temporary.
I mapped everything out when I was 17.
I planned on working for four years after college, moving out, saving up my money and obtaining my Master’s degree by 25.
Things did not work out as I planned.
Yet, I still hold on tightly to the hope that one day I will achieve my goal.
This is why I am empathetic towards those who are in peril regarding this crisis.
I can not judge anyone for their debt when I am a piece of that pie.
My mother paid for my education out-of-pocket but, Sallie Mae paid for room and board.
I had no other choice.
On Yahoo, there is so much hostility against my generation because of this debt.
So many people feel that this crisis is of our own making.
It was not.
Rather than the battle between Baby Boomers and Generation X vs. the Millenials, I wish that people would declare a truce.
The mistakes of the past regarding student loans contributed to the mistakes of this day and age.
We are all in this together.
I believe one day the very same people posting negatively about this issue will open their eyes and realize the truth.
One day soon.