Student Loans TER Podcast
Last semester I had the opportunity to interview people here in the USA with regard to student loans and what they mean for them in their situations for TER Podcast. During my time here I have also had many conversations with others I regularly see due to using the local taxis here in Athens, Ohio. The insight they have provided is invaluable and I am very grateful that they have taken the time to share. After the recording was concluded for these interviews I engaged in a conversation with another person, who drives for one of the local taxi companies, and she talked about her situation regarding student loans. During this conversation she indicated that her son did not want to undertake further education, he didn’t want to end up with a loan like his mother. These personal accounts are thought provoking to say the least.
The overriding thought for me, at this time, is the importance of being informed. Our values and beliefs help determine decisions we make, but how can we make informed decisions if we do not have access to understanding what options we actually have to choose from. I have two questions floating around in my head at the moment.
- What will the impact be in the future if the decision about what to study comes down to a financial decision and passion and interest are no longer part of the equation?
- And consequently, what will happen to disciplines that are not financially justifiable but are culturally significant?
I hope you find the podcast informative.