Sunday, February 20, 2011

Post 1534 - An Interesting Video

Read part of the online Chronicle Herald this morning and read an article about student poverty in Nova Scotia.  There's the usual tale of how NS students graduate with the highest debt level in the country.

I'm not gonna fight them too much on this one.  When I was a student in the 1980's(!), tuition rates were high, relatively speaking, too.   I remember me and my fellow students sitting around the Acadia University student union building, complaining about the cost of a university education.   I don't mind telling you that I graduated in 1988 with a $10 000 student loan.  I paid back that loan for a forgotten interest rate (honest! I don't remember!) and at an amount of $139 a month, for nine and a half years.

Today, of course, students can easily graduate with a debt load of many times my amount.   When I was doing regular spin classes, there was a student taking them with us who estimated that she would graduate as a doctor with a $200 000 student debt, a staggering amount.  You can still buy a pretty decent home in Nova Scotia for that kind of money.

I'm not sure I'm equipped to discuss this, but when you consider the vast amount of money it costs to get a degree, is it worth even seeking one?   I work side-by-side with many people who don't have a degree of any kind.  They have a diploma from a community college.  They often times make more money than I do now and finished their training with less debt, and at an age when I was still plugging away at my degree.

Anyway, some enterprising students recorded this video.  I like the song.  I like how they made an effort to rhyme the lyrics, something most people don't bother dong anymore.

Check it out.  I think you'll like it, too.


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