My morning routine at some point generally involves listening to 1280 AM and listening to Dave Ramsey's talk show. I love it and it always has a way of perking me up for the day to realize that there are people in far worse positions than I am financially. Furthermore some of the information on there is priceless, in terms of how to handle debt, social situations, and marital arbitration. In my year of listening to Dave Ramsey this was the first time I've ever heard him address Evansville Indiana before and even take a call from a local man.
Apparently the gentlemen's daughter, whom called in, was trying to decide whether to go to college here in Indiana or in Alabama. What involves Ramsey was the fact that his daughter was going to receive a free ride in Indiana, but would have to pay close to $20,000 per year to attend Alabama. Seems like a no brainer at this point, but Dave essentially just called the man's daughter stupid for wanting to pay more just for the name of the college and not actually get anymore benefit. Later into the conversation however he pointed out systematically how there was no difference in the education, opportunities, or any other reason to pay out of pocket when an education in Indiana would be just as valuable.
I hope more college students were listening into this show, since it hits home with debt after school. It's a downer to get ahead by attending college and then to fall so far behind immediately afterward with huge school loan debt. My wife and I both are attempting to pay our educations down as I type this, so I know full well what it's like to have a room reserved in my house just for Mrs's Sallie Mae. God I hate that bitch.