Saturday, May 2, 2015

The Dream and The Reality

Daily Draw: Chinese Tarot ~ 7 of Cups

Go to college, get a degree, successfully support self.
A widespread dream and with intent and effort, achievable.
Ignoring people like me whose crybaby refrain has always been, but we couldn't afford it (didn't even look into it until my 40's) and, I never had a mentor to encourage me, send for the Waaambulance...

I'm reminded by this card of my niece, the first person in our family to actually get a degree, from Heald College in 2012. Which was owned by Corinthian Colleges. The whole works are closed now, leaving current students with the option to pay off exorbitant student loans to keep their college credits, or walk away and have no credits they've worked for count, even those with just a few weeks until graduation. Like everything else those with determination and tenacity will get it worked out. For the dreamers, it will just be one more in a line of disappointments.

"Illusions commend themselves to us because they save us pain and allow us to enjoy pleasure instead. We must therefore accept it without complaint when they sometimes collide with a bit of reality against which they are dashed to pieces." ~ Sigmund Freud 1856-1939

2 comments:

  1. So they have to pay all they owe in one dollop? That's ridiculous! Surely someone's filed a lawsuit by now...

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  2. Not sure, I think most of the states are organizing some kind of way for the students to finish at junior colleges, but the standards can't be changed, what you pay for when you pay for college is the credits. If they allow the students to go forward without payment of those credits, where does that leave the millions of graduates who still are paying for their student loans? With the Corinthian take over my nieces bill zoomed from 8K to 32K...
    What she has been approved for is a payment drop from 300 a month to 100 a month, if kept to religiously in 10 years the balance of her debt will be forgiven.
    She is one of the lucky ones, she did find a job in the field she'd chosen, although it was a upward movement with the company she already worked for. Corinthian was counting anyone with any job as proof of placement...

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