Hillary Clinton caused an unexpected dustup recently when she tweeted on August 12th: “How does your student loan debt make you feel? Tell us in 3 emojis or less.”
The angry responses from students and others were blistering.
My personal favorite response to this tweet was: “Hillary, COLLEGE STUDENTS CAN USE WORDS.”
Though Hillary’s tweet was callous and insensitive, no doubt — I feel deeply thankful that presidential candidates are even thinking about this critically important issue.
From my perspective as an author, consultant, and speaker who helps parents set their kids up to graduate college debt-free and move directly into careers they excel at and love, I’d like to offer this year’s crop of presidential candidates one piece of advice:
Please stop talking about making public college free for all college students. Please. Just. Stop.
You’re going to end up paying huge college bills for kids who don’t care enough about your gift to even get up and go to class in the morning.
Instead, pay for the college educations of kids who are working hard and succeeding in their college classes.
Pay for college for kids who get up at 7 am so that they can walk to 8 am Physics classes in driving sleet and rain. Pay for college for kids who patiently take notes in classes and then review them afterward. Pay for college for kids who seek out help from professors and tutors when they get stuck on difficult concepts. Pay for college for kids who work hard on papers and who sit in polished library carrels quizzing themselves until they know the material backward and forward.
Pay for college for kids who get good grades.
These kids are our country’s future. Take your $350 billion, Hillary, and invest it in these kids — and in ten years you’ll really have something.
My recommendation for presidential candidates:
Take the billions of dollars you plan to sink into higher education and use it to pay the college tuitions and student loan balances of kids who’ve earned high grades.
I have thousands of serious, high achieving blog followers who are just waiting for you to do this.
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Jeannie Burlowski is a full-time consultant, author, and conference speaker. She helps parents set their kids up to graduate college debt-free and move directly into careers they excel at and love. Her book LAUNCH: How to Get Your Kids Through College Debt Free and Into Jobs They Love Afterward is due out within months. You can find Jeannie’s free, clear, step-by-step help for parents in the “WHAT TO DO WHEN” section on this website. Follow her on Twitter @JBurlowski.
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