I originally came into this research relatively ignorant to the things that student debtors go through as they struggle pay their way out of their loan debt. As you grow up it is already put into your head that you’ll have to take out loans in order to afford college and pay it back afterwards even if you might have to struggle. Since before we even start college we have already accepted this monumental and unfair action as the norm for attending college. It is hard to imagine any other way beside the only way we have known.
Because of this when I stumbled upon Hillary Clinton’s New College Compact plan that minimizes the amount of loans you have to take out, and even lets you refinance your current debt situation, I found it to be the perfect solution to our current problem.
Until I continued reading the stories of debtors that let me see how the things others say, such as you could afford to pay for tuition or your debts if you work alongside school, really doesn’t work for everyone. And even then if you can sometimes it doesn’t even help make a dent in your debt. Along with requiring the help of family even if it may be a small amount, it really doesn’t work when you’re on the middle line of poverty and have other things to pay for besides your child’s tuition.
In this case you realize Hillary’s Plan really cannot work for everyone, especially for those with a low economic status. It is a plan that effectively ensures the paralyzing of low income families economic status, even if that isn’t her intent.
After more in depth research I realized that everyone would benefit by having higher education be completely free. One, it would benefit our society if it were filled with academically enriched citizens. Two, it would increase the economy because we would have successful working citizens.
Even after coming to that realization, I did not think it a possibility. It is hard to imagine something like that ever happening because we are so used to correlating college with the word debt. But, it is exactly this sort of mentality that inhibits the progress of our debt problem. If we do not looks past that sort of mentality then we will never achieve fixing our debt.
My thinking has made a complete turn and my biggest realization has been that through mass we are powerful and we can change the way things have been for a long time we just have to realize first the power that we hold.
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In order to convince young student debtors that they should bind together and strike the higher education system to end tuition, I created a PSA poster that conveys the anger and frustration that student debtors feel, in order to convince them to fight for what is their right.
While there are student loan debtors who are older than the target audience, this poster specifically reaches out to young student loan debtors because they are in the prime of their debt. Some have finished college and others are about to finish and are starting to feel the pressure of having to pay off their loans. In general I believe this younger generation has more of a drive to fight for what they believe to be correct as opposed to those who have been paying for a good amount of years and have already accepted their situation.
The emotion that I was trying to tap into was that of the anger debtors experience at having to pay for something that they shouldn’t have to. The way that I decided to do that was by choosing an image that clearly depicted the action that I wanted to take place, but that also visibly portrayed the the debtors seeming angry and frustrated. You can see in the way their faces scrunch up as they scream their displeasure and anger. The signs that they are holding up also portray the anger seeing as no one uses that sort of language unless they are in a state of frustration.
I also tried to tap into the emotion of anger by clearly stating in the message that higher education is their right rather than a privilege. This implies that higher education is something that belongs to them. When a person feels as though something belongs to them it is in their nature to take back what someone has incorrectly taken from them, even if it means having to fight for it. Which brings me to the action that the poster shows should take place; striking. Not only have I specifically mentioned it in my message but I have also placed an image that clearly shows the action being done.
The topic of discussion is not something many take lightly so I tried to use colors to portray a sense of seriousness to the poster topic. I chose the color black as the background, a color that is usually associated with things that are not good. Dark colors can be related to terrible events, such as black dress codes for events of mourning. Setting the background black creates an atmosphere and feeling that is hopefully negative, like the debt situation. It also matches the color scheme of the black and red poster one of the protesters is holding in the image. Red, also typically a color that is attached to the emotion of anger.
The type of font that was chosen was used in a way that would represent an important and serious topic. The font is straight and sharp edged, typically used to write important papers containing important topics. It is critical to stress the graveness of the situation in order for it to be taken seriously and in order for their to be actions taking place against it. The more legitimate the poster seems, the more people will take our debt situation seriously.
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