Surfing Blogs (Trial Blog)

While surfing the blog website, I stumbled upon one called, “Fixing Our Loan Problem”, posted on December 8th by a student named Chris M. Find the original post here. Several things about this piece caught my eye. First and foremost, there was the title. This student had undertaken a task that was very applicable to his peers and Bucknell’s student body. He had commented on the nature of applying to and taking out loans from the federal government. The blogger believes that the mass of loan debt in our nation is too significant, and that restrictions for loans should be tightened. This is a strong statement to make considering the person next to him in class could be on financial aid. However, I respected that the blogger took on such a real topic. Moreover, my eye was also drawn to the fact that he used political cartoons as graphics. This seemed to get his message across in a way that was very understandable to readers. Moreover, both pictures indicated different parts of the loan debt story; one described the giant mass that most college kids are left over with, while the other pointed out the long repayment time.
Although I respected this student’s graphic features and austerity on addressing a very real topic, I did have some suggestions for content. For one, he solves the problem by saying the government should have greater restrictions when handing out money to students; they should consider things like high school grades, prestige of college, and a student’s intended major. These are all preliminary to the real world, and could restrict education to the underprivileged. Perhaps the blogger could have considered things after the fact, like subsidies for the already employed.

One thought on “Surfing Blogs (Trial Blog)”

  1. Great reaction. I like how you ask hard questions and point out how his suggestions could recreate many structural inequalities in our society. For example, if we need more science teachers, we should subsidize those loans (and not future lawyers and bankers of which we have many).


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