Making lemonade out of foiled travel plans

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BY Jenee Gregor

It’s come  time for me as a student, where Financial Aid is pushing me out the door, my transcript is booked, and I am ready to go.  I am not quite sure where it all will lead but surely glad to be on my way.  There have been the more glorious of moments in the realm of reformation, in the sense that a foiled trip to India reshaped my plan of action.  A year in SE Asia turned into going back to school.

Washtenaw Community College and The Voice gave me an opportunity.  

I didn’t squander it, I took advantage of what I could in the time that I allotted. In a sense I checked into a form of legitimacy and grabbed on to the things that could truly give me experience.  Now, in the scheme what a beautiful occurrence, but I need the change.

Some are meant for the life of structure, but I fight with that idea, and crave variety.  Not all people are built for the same workforce or remotely similar skill set.  There comes the obviousness.  I have spent a year, walking into the newsroom on various levels of tired, stressed out or in some cases with hula hoops in tow.  

This stint in the journalism program has ended for me, and set sights on a little bit of exploring. Time is seemingly not pressing until allowed to be.  The truth is to gather the experience, turn into lessons and go forward into world not a babe in the woods but with a small tool kit.

It will give more growth space in the future, and that ca only be a good thing as WCC is such a blessing for having the prices it does to let students explore their options without the time and financial commitments.  As a poll of my friends just on Facebook, many in their late twenties like myself, we are still treading away in the education system.

As time has passed and the publishing experience his given me something to bulk up my resume, I am ready to be out into the world again.  I’m heading out of the country for a while, but my keyboard will stay warm and keep looking for the byline.  Thanks Voice and WCC.  

There will come a time when you believe everything is finished. Yet that will be the beginning.

Louis L’Amour

 

Graduation can mean DEBT

BY Jenee Gregor

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The school knows the stress that comes along with finals and end of semester.  The library provides adult coloring sheets, free coffee and even therapy dogs on certain times of the day.  The air in the school is quiet, there are blank eyes and the city is even covered in snow.  Stress is compiled over work, home, school, and anything else that comes out, and this is for the betterment of the student.

Institution is the stepping stone for learning, to make it into the next realm of maturation and economy.  Or is supposed to be, the hope that it will be. The problem for some can be the immense student loan debt and the mindset that it can create in the workplace. How is that side stepped?

According the an article by Time magazine, “student loan debt exceeded credit card debt in 2010 and auto loans in 2011, and it passed the $1 trillion mark in 2012,” which is huge.  Time also stated that students are on average graduating with $35,000 in debt as of 2015. Which this article proposed can affect the rest of their lives.

In 1993-94 the student debt average at graduation was $10,000, and the cost of living has also risen in that time.  

So, more student loans, and rising cost of living, and a wondering rumor, that has no specific origin that millennials are “lazy or entitled.” A Forbes article explained the term “work martyr,” from Project: Time off “as a person who believes it is more important to work long hours over true productivity. The work martyr often won’t take breaks or use vacation time out of fear he or she may be seen as replaceable or undedicated to the job.”

Which is an understandable idea with the amount of debt that students are graduating with, job are seen as something that important and imperative to paying bill and continuing to live.

Where two year school are so important, giving the opportunity to take classes without the pressure of the huge loan base. Washtenaw Community College students have 15 percent graduation rates and 26 percent transfer rates for students.  

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Information from National Center for Educational Statistics

These steps make the process more affordable and more centered for those that can’t imagine taking on the loans.