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The National Necessity of the Unemployed Art History Major

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18.08.2021

The Biden administration’s decision to continually forbear student loan interest is a boon to gender studies majors with gobs of federal loans. But it is a disastrous policy, if not patently unlawful.

Like so many 20- and 30-somethings, I fall into the middle when it comes to affording higher education. After attending the University of Kansas on a scholarship, I found myself neither rich enough to pay for law school in cash, nor disadvantaged enough to qualify for freebies. But, coming from a small town in western Kansas, the prospect of becoming a member of the legal elite was tempting, so I made the decision to attend Harvard Law School and borrowed a preposterous amount of federal money to do so. Before taking the plunge, I talked with family and friends: is Harvard Law School worth more money than a house? Is going to law school worth delaying marriage and having kids? Is it worth working grueling hours at a corporate job I might not love? The answers were overwhelming: yes.

Sadly, I then made a financial decision that, at the time, seemed smart. Federal loan holders are able to save thousands by privatizing their student loans, and like many of my........

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