What would you do?
What would you suggest to a student who has just found out that they owe Shorter $3800.00? What if Shorter had not explained to the student that they couldn’t owe a balance and pay it off after they graduate? What if you knew that the student is having to handle all of this by themselves?
What would you do if you knew that the student is the oldest child in the family and has two siblings, one with severe juvenile diabetes, whose medical costs keep mounting?
What would you do if you knew that they were considered the “rock” of the family because of their strong Christian faith?
What would you do if you knew that the family is in dire financial straits and it is all the family can do to take care of the younger sibling?
What would you do if you knew that the student taken on enormous loans to help put themselves through school, only to learn that they are $3,800 short?
What would you tell them if you knew that they wanted to escape the madness that has occurred this year at Shorter. What if you knew that they wanted to follow their beloved teachers and transfer to Reinhardt, but can’t get their transcripts until the bill is paid?
What would you do if you knew that the student is willing to work out a payment plan with Shorter but doubts they will agree to wait until they graduate from Reinhardt to begin paying back the debt? The student simply cannot afford to begin paying it back while they are in school. Currently, they only have income from their church job.
What if you knew the student plans to work full-time this summer but has not yet secured a job? What if you knew that they plan for half their summer earnings to go toward the debt they owe Shorter and the other half will go toward Reinhardt expenses?
What if you knew the student is willing to sign a loan agreement if the money can be raised but that they will have to wait until they graduate before they can begin payments. Additionally, the payments will have to be low enough because they will have other college loans to pay off as well. They plan to go to work immediately after they graduate. They want to teach middle school music.
What would you do if you’ve been assured that the student is one of the hardest working students at Shorter and will make a great music education teacher.
What would you do if the student has proven unfailingly grateful for every opportunity they have had and everything that has been done for them on every level, and takes the time to write thank you notes?
What would you do if you knew the need was immediate?
What would you do?
What would you REALLY do?
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