This week I followed the stories of people living with student debt. As some of you may know, tuition in the United States has gone up about 600% since 1985 and wages have remained relatively stagnant while employment in many fields has shrunk. Adjuncts, students, professors, writers, and academics are some of the hardest hit by the student debt crisis and we are just now starting to see what this means – Americans in the future might have a diploma, and that’s it. Nothing else. Not a home or a stable job or car or health insurance. Just a degree.

Daniel Hong, a rising political science major at Reed College, leads an assembly on student debt at Portland State University. (Olivia Olivia/the Portland Observer)
Daniel Hong, a rising political science major at Reed College, leads an assembly on student debt at Portland State University. (Olivia Olivia/the Portland Observer)

If you’re wiling to share your experiences or read about others, go ahead. The full article is up now at the Portland Observer.