I liked to climb trees when I was a kid. My favorite method of monkeying around included wrapping my legs around a thick enough branch, letting go with my hands and hanging upside down like the true gorilla I am proud to be.
Thinking about the simple, stupid joys of childhood ends with a sobering shiver when I read stories like this one . Christopher Bryski suffered the fate my nagging elders always feared when they saw me swinging from branches.
Today, the Bryski family is paying the price both emotionally and financially. In total, the Bryski family will have to pay back over $85K for the loans Christopher took out to go to Rutgers...this on top of never seeing their son/brother again.
Sadly, in an era riddled with bird brain types, it seems that stories like that of the Bryski family are relegated to the back pages of our collective conscious. Retard celebutantes and chicken/rooster headed eternal kids dominate the headlines whenever the issues of youth and money are involved.
But what about people like the Bryski family? To what extent do we go to forgive and sympathize with the truly unfortunate? Does tragedy warrant forgiveness, even if it was caused by irresponsibility?
Most of you guys here are either still in or recently out of undergrad...what do you think?
More specifically, if you could put yourself in this poor kid's shoes...would you expect the financial burden on your family to be forgiven? Would this sort of worst case scenario ever have crossed your mind to begin with?
I for one think that we really need to rethink the actual value of going to college, right out of high school. It has become such a standard and expected path, that guys like Christopher may not feel they have another option.
At the risk of catching hate and being thought of as evil and harsh, maybe we should work on getting young men who climb trees and live for keg stands well into their 20s the discipline they need, instead of the debt they cannot handle.
This was an accident. But accidents can often be prevented via frank and harsh discussion about responsibility, goals and expectations. Not everyone is ready for college right after high school, in fact, it seems to me that more and more kids are not.
This sad story is a reminder that there is a price for everything, something to keep in mind as a new generation of C students hits the job market. The student loan repayment crisis is something worth thinking about and discussing...it is coming...