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VICTIMHOOD: Student Won't Pay $170K Debt Because... He's Depressed?!
We've warned those of the spineless, ninnied nature to stay away from college (read Dear High School Students: Don't Go to College. No Seriously...). Saddling oneself with back-breaking debt for the sake of a degree isn't for everyone. Take this guy for example - he decided to tackle med school and take on almost $200k in debt... Until one day he decided he couldn't anymore. Because, according to him, he got a serious case of the sad feelies...
When Bryan Robson was accepted to medical school, he never imagined he'd be diagnosed with a mental illness that would prevent him from becoming a doctor. Now, he's being sued by the bank for more than $170,000 for a student line of credit he feels he'll never be able to repay. "I guess I just felt trapped or helpless," Robson said.
Two years into the program, Robson was experiencing depression and anxiety. He knew something was wrong, he said, so he took a year off. Although he tried for a while to resume the program, he was eventually diagnosed with bipolar affective disorder.
Turns out you have to pay all that back. Loans are not free monies. Something one would understand had one read the agreement one was hastily signing.
One psychiatrist is blaming "the system."
"We've developed a system in which the tuition for some of the health professions has gotten so high that I would imagine that only the very rich can easily afford to enter the profession, or those who are able to commit to staggering debt loads. And neither of those sounds particularly Canadian to me."
So being successful, reliable, and not wimpy? Not exactly Canadian traits... Can't say I'm surprised (see Embarrassing: Canada Changes National Anthem to be 'Inclusive.' And It Sucks... and Dear Increasingly Liberal Canada: You Make Me Ashamed to be A Canadian). But this guy has a point: education is grossly overpriced. Because directionless toads like this keep clogging the system. Well, that and a middle man (usually the government) is shelling out loans at huge mark up prices. Supply and demand.
Again, if hard work and commitment isn't your thing? DON'T. GO. TO. COLLEGE.
Still, it's hard to justify a young person amassing debt equal to that of a mortgage for books and classes. But plot twist, as it turns out, Robson was using his student credit on more than just studies...
While a good portion of the money was used for school expenses, Robson said that some of the debt was amassed during spending sprees, a common symptom during manic periods.
"Spending sprees." Which go undefined. Interdasting. Lovely how this is swept under the prayer mat, then excused as a symptom of "manic periods." Also a symptom of being an entitled chunk of garbage known in the wild as a "snowflake." Robson's attitude is a common one held by entitled whipper-snappers of the left-leaning human sub-species (see WIN: Mike Row Lambasts Entitled College Students). Victim culture is the new mainstream. Now Robson is being sued for the debt he owes, he's fighting back by refusing to pay that which he's responsible to pay. Rather than paying the piper, he's claiming he's being unfairly targeted and discriminated against. It's unfair because, you know, he has all the FEELS.
Yes, sometimes it sucks the things we want/need are expensive. Ask me why I drive a common car, not a Ferrari. But last I checked, student loans are agreements signed voluntarily by real humans, not by invisible doppelgangers who muck about town saddling unwilling Snowflakes with crippling debt just for the LOLs.
Sure, it's okay to make a booboo here and there. Life is full of lessons, often at a high price (not always monetary). But instead of expecting other people to pay for your costly mess ups, hike up the Huggies and pay for your experiences yourself. Even if you sometimes have a case of the Mondays.*
Responsibility. Tis a lesson unlearned by the majority of Millennial college students... Also, adult liberal professors. Why universities have evolved into steaming pits of suck. Don't go, it's a trap.
*No, we're not belittling bipolar disorder. But we are saying it shouldn't excuse you from 170k debt you signed up for, either. Come on, now.