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I was a first gen student who graduated from a private institution in Maryland. After receiving a degree in Communication Studies in 2012, I pursued my masters in Student Affairs and Higher Education at Indiana State University. As of now, I am $28,090.42 in debt with federal loans and about $20,000 in private. Fortunately, I have acquired a job within a residence hall and I don't have to pay for a house, utilities, internet or cable. It is considered a public sector because my paycheck says that I get paid from the State of New York. However, the interest that I have acquired set me up so that I would pretty much be paying loans until I'm six feet under.

I am scared for my life because I will not be able to pay for the other things I need in my life. I want to get married, buy my own home, raise a son, and continue a legacy where my decedents can hold their heads up high and feel that they can do anything they can put their mind and heart into. If H.R. 1330 gets past into law, it will not only make me very happy, but it will make the lives of well over 35 million people very prosperous. I cannot stay in a live-in position for the rest of my life. With the way our line of work is set up, I would be expected to move up and move out. Being the first person within my whole family to graduate from college and freeing myself from the tutelage of ignorance in my opinion should be something to celebrate about. It shouldn't be something I'm being punished for. I take pride in what I've done and today I stand very firm for what is right and I will NOT tolerate the futile displays of the scam that is upon us any further!

For those who don’t want to take action, go ahead. Go right ahead... In my opinion, I’d much rather find a way to ease the debt or die trying then to live life everyday knowing that I'll keep owing money to a corrupt state of affairs.

Drew E. Spriggs, October 17, 2014, Oneonta, NY

I was a first gen student who graduated from a private institution in Maryland. After receiving a degree in Communication Studies in 2012, I pursued my masters in Student Affairs and Higher Education at Indiana State University. As of now, I am $28,090.42 in debt with federal loans and about $20,000 in private. Fortunately, I have acquired a job within...

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Drew E. Spriggs, October 17, 2014, Oneonta, NY
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