By Haley Doss, Opinion Editor —
This year, like many years in the past, I am utilizing my spring break to earn some extra money and catch up on sleep.
While this habit is pretty common for most college students, it got me thinking: How do all of these other college students stand to spare a few hundred (sometimes thousand) dollars on a week excursion away?
According to an article on Market Watch’s website and a LendEDU poll, 30.60% of college students with student debt state that they are using money they received from student loans to help pay for their spring break trip this year.
While I understand this number does not speak to everyone that takes a trip this year, it does pertain to large demographic of spring breakers.
I am not here to judge or state this is an issue because many college students, including myself, must use our student loan money for things outside of tuition or books. I do find it to be a very interesting fact about our society.
I know we are not the first generation to do this and we will not be the last. However, it speaks to the ‘Keeping up with the Joneses”, or in today’s world “Keeping up the Kardashians” idea that our capitalist society perpetuates.
Your friend’s parent gives her money to go on a $1,000 cruise? Guess what? You use student loan money you’ll be paying back for years to feel like everyone else.
Worried you’ll feel FOMO next week looking at your friends beach pictures on Instagram? Guess what? You get to eat ramen for six months to save until March comes around.
As a society, we are constantly wanting more, buying more and becoming more envious of those around us with each purchase. We look for happiness in our things or in the way others see us without stopping to appreciate the life we live and the peolpe in it.
My advice? Feel content. Rise above the pull to do what everyone else is doing if you cannot afford it. If you know this spring break trip is a waste on money, don’t do it. If you feel it provides a great set of college memories, work nights and save some funds! There is never a one size fits all solution to this, just do what feels right and works for your situation.