Great Expectations

A weepie in the New York Times describes the plight of Cortney Munna trying to dig herself out of almost $100,000 of (non-dischargable) student-loan debt after four years at NYU, a very expensive school.  The article puts the blame on Citibank and NYU for not discouraging Ms. Munna from taking out more loans.  But – dear heavens! – only at the very end do we learn that Ms. Munna: 1) earned her degree in religious and women’s studies; 2) is now living in San Francisco.  Well, no wonder she can’t pay anything back!  What did she expect?

Needless to say, a more realistic view of her prospects and possibilities doesn’t occur to her:

“I don’t want to spend the rest of my life slaving away to pay for an education I got for four years and would happily give back,” she said. “It feels wrong to me.”

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