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Kristan Venegas

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Dr. Kristan Venegas is a Professor of Clinical Education and a Research Associate in the Center for Higher Education Policy Analysis at Rossier. She is an expert in the areas of college preparation and planning, higher education, financial aid policy and college advising.

The Thursday Pop: Why I’m Over the Debates and Don’t Want to Write a “Political/Analytical” Blog

So yeah, I really don’t. I don’t want to write a political blog and analyze the presidential and vice presidential candidates based on their financial aid policy.

I know that I am supposed to, that I should, but I’m not feeling it. I also ignored most of the debates for probably the same reason. The press coverage was just strange. I don’t think anyone “won” any of those debates and the spin around who did win them really disappointed me.

I watched like 10 minutes of the first debate while getting dinner together. Romney seemed condescending to me during the debate. What a fake smile. And Obama seemed very serious and sometimes too wordy. Ryan seemed like a wide-eyed kid as he spoke, which made Biden, who has so much more experience seem all of the more “over it,” as Ryan went through his rehearsed responses and punch lines.

Like really, how stereotypical is that? I could have probably written those last four sentences before the debates even began.

In terms of postsecondary educational policy, we’re going to get more loans and maybe more work study, but less grant aid either way. No one is going to force colleges and universities to actually lower their prices. The Pell Grant survives (in some form) with the Democrats, and dies with the Republicans. Undocumented students and people who work with them should be worried more so about the Dream Act and Deferred Action if the Republicans take the election. I won’t even go into their perspectives on women.

So that’s kind of it. One party is pretty much anti-postsecondary education unless you have your dad pay for it; the other party thinks at least some postsecondary education is important for everyone, but isn’t sure yet on exactly how to pay for it. Of the two, I chose the one that doesn’t expect my dad to pay for it, because he’s part of the 47%.

My dad is a disabled Viet Nam veteran. He fought for this country and received two Purple Hearts and a Bronze Star so that I would have educational opportunity and freedom in the US. You might even be able to say that my dad “did” pay for it, he just didn’t fork out $$$ at college time; he paid by risking his life. He taught me to vote by thinking about others beyond just myself and my personal self interest.

Since I make more money than my family did when I was a kid, I pay a lot of taxes, but I think it’s worth it. So you probably know how I’m voting, and why I chose to skip the media sham of the debates.

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