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Student Debt Cancellation: Call to Action

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My name is Brandon Grueso, and my role at my organization is to elevate the voices of young individuals while also providing them with the necessary tools and information to navigate the complex world of health insurance and affordable healthcare options.

As a first-generation Hispanic college student, the burden of student debt has always loomed over me. I constantly grapple with the question of whether pursuing an education is truly worth the overwhelming financial strain that awaits me after my journey to become the first college graduate in my family. Growing up, the weight of student debt was an ever-present concern. It casts a shadow on my dreams and aspirations, often making me question if pursuing higher education is a viable path for someone like me. I wrestled with thoughts of giving up and settling for a trade that didn’t align with my true passions out of fear of the impending debt. However, as time went on, I came to realize that my experience was not unique. Many of my friends and other young individuals from marginalized communities face similar challenges and sacrifices when it comes to obtaining a college degree. The impact of student debt goes beyond individual struggles; it affects the entire fabric of our society.

Communities of color, particularly Black and Brown communities, are disproportionately burdened by student debt. This issue further extends the cycle of inequality and limits opportunities for future generations. The financial strain of student loans restricts our ability to invest in our communities, start businesses, or pursue careers that align with our passions and values. It is time to address this systemic issue and work towards a more equitable future.
Therefore, I call on our elected officials to support the cancellation of student debt. We deserve legislative action to ensure that the burden of insurmountable debt does not suffocate the dreams and aspirations of young individuals. By providing accessible and affordable education, we can empower the next generation to reach their full potential, regardless of socioeconomic background.

Together, we can create a society where one’s financial circumstances do not dictate educational opportunities and aspirations for a bright future. Let us raise our voices and advocate for student debt relief. Doing so will pave the way for a brighter, more equitable future for all.

Brandon Grueso is currently a college student at Western Governors University with aspirations to serve his community by becoming a Social Worker.