What’s the best way to pay off your student debt?
According to Florida State University Theatre grad Stephanie Ritter, the answer is to auction off your university diploma on eBay for $50,000.
The honours student hasn’t been able to find a job in her field since graduating and is now spending her days working as a personal assistant.
“Seriously, though, I’m still $40,000 in debt and I work as a personal assistant in Los Angeles. Someone please buy my experience (diploma) and validate my use of time between 2007-2011,” she stated on her eBay page.
The $50,000 price tag does not include just the paper itself, but also a full Florida State experience featuring (in Stephanie’s words):
- A tour of Florida State University including everywhere you would have gone/eaten/partied in your four years at FSU. (Possibly includes but not limited to: Suwanee Hall and a possible Ms. Killings sighting, Jimmy Johns, Mr. Roboto, dinner at Cool Beanz, burgers & beers at Monks, drinks at Poor Pauls)
- Access to all of my college memories/Facebook albums for 6 months! (access to any memories by phone or text between 10-7 Sunday-Thursday so you can give someone the most authentic specific memories straight from my brain to their ears)
- A show (on me) at the FSU School of Theatre (on opening night if time permits!)
- I will rent a car and show you the best view of the capitol building (where it looks most like a penis)
Obviously a spoof on college life to showcase how much students go in debt just to get an “experience” at a particular school and hope for a bright future while drowning in debt, it has to be said that a four-year university degree might not have been the most financially sound decision to break into theatre.
Stephanie also promises that the diploma is in mint condition and has never been used to get a job before.
“Why waste four years of your life going to a state school for a piece of paper when you can just buy mine?” she asks. Indeed.