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Remember this chick from Lowell?
She was the Lowell High School senior who was panhandling for college tuition while also using a GoFundMe because her irresponsible parents couldn’t afford to pay for her to become a doctor. Her name is Emily Stutz and apparently this scheme turned out to be brilliant. Check out this story from the Boston Globe:
Emily Stutz always wanted to go to college and become a doctor. She just never thought she would need to resort to fund-raising for help with tuition. But with her parents in financial turmoil and only $1,000 saved from baby-sitting and other odd jobs, the Lowell High School senior sat down at her computer last month and made a public appeal for donations on the crowdfunding website gofundme.com.
“My parents have had immense financial struggles and simply cannot come up with $20,000-$30,000 a year, nor are they able to co-sign a loan for me,” she wrote.
“I have no other adults in my life who are able to co-sign and I am at a loss. I see my dream of becoming a doctor slip further and further away as the days pass by so I’ve decided I am going to do whatever it will take to get myself to college.”
When she checked the site the next morning, she was stunned. She had already received $800. Sensing momentum, she went to a busy shopping mall in Lowell and panhandled for parts of two days last month, raising another $600. That was just the beginning. In less than a month, she raised $24,170, with 474 donating.
She’s decided not to go far for college. She’ll continue to live at home and will commute to the University of Massachusetts Lowell. The $24,170 she raised will pay for about two years of tuition.
Stop right there!! She’s going to UMass-Lowell and living at home?? Do you know what a year’s tuition and fees costs at Lowell? $13,427. But here’s what she said when she started her panhandling scam:
After applying at several schools, Stutz said she has been offered between $11,000-$18,000 in financial aid. But she still needs additional finances to attend the universities she hopes to attend.
Wait, she already had $18,000 in aid, and now she’s going to a school that costs less than that per year? So not only will she graduate from college without ANY debt, she’s also being paid to go there. This is how stupid people were who actually donated money to her campaign. Because God forbid you have some debt when you graduate from college. Why should you have to borrow and pay back money for an expensive postsecondary education? That’s no fair!!
Plus, the selling point in her sob story was this:
“My parents have had immense financial struggles and simply cannot come up with $20,000-$30,000 a year, nor are they able to cosign a loan for me.”
They can’t come up with $30,000 a year. Translation – this is the amount I need in donations because my parents are irresponsible. Then she ends up going to a school that costs less than half of that. In other words, she was lying the whole time.
Stutz, stunned by the outpouring of support, said she hopes her campaign will bring more attention to rising college costs.
“I just wanted people to realize that there are kids out there who are forced to choose between submerging themselves in debt or not going to school,” said Stutz, 18, who was accepted by seven colleges.
Yes Emily, there are some kids who are faced between choosing lots of debt or not going to that particular school. But that’s just because they think they’re too good for state schools. And state schools are still affordable, as you will see when you graduate from Lowell with zero debt to your name. The problem is that your guidance counselors aren’t telling your peers to go to UMass instead of Boston College. Instead we’re telling kids that they should be able to go to whatever college they wanna go to.
“She’s a good kid; she’s a victim of my bad finances,” explained her father, Han Stutz. Stutz and his wife, Katheryn, are special education teachers in Lowell’s public schools, with a combined salary of about $140,000 a year.
But because they are still paying off their own college loans and have other debt, the couple recently told their daughter they could not cosign her loans.
“I’m proud of her, because in the last week she has shed more light on the whole paying-for-college crisis than anyone I can think of,” said Han Stutz. The couple has two other children, ages 10 and 8.
Wait…..what??? These people make a combined $140,000 a year??? And their daughter is panhandling because they couldn’t find a way not to blow all that money??!!! How are they not ashamed and embarrassed by the fact that their daughter has been “reduced to this” because of their own supposed bad investments? Because they certainly should be ashamed with themselves. What are these “bad finances” they’re talking about? Last year they took the whole family to Disney World:
So how bad could their finances be? Ya know who never went to Disney as a kid? Turtleboy. Because the Turtleboy family lived within their means. We couldn’t afford five plane tickets to Orlando, $500 a day in park passes, and $150 per night for a hotel room. So we got in the station wagon and took a road trip to Toledo instead. And I got dibs on the backseat.
According to the Institute for College Access & Success, Massachusetts college graduates in 2014 had an average debt of more than $29,000.
$29,000 in debt? Oh, you mean like a car loan? How will you ever survive owing that much money? It’s just such nonsense. People complain about debt and all this other crap a lot in this country. But we do pretty well here in America. We’re living in homes that are heated and we all have cable television and Wifi. Sure, we’re gonna pay a shitload of money in interest to big banks by the time we die. But in the mean time we all get cars, homes, and college degrees in gender studies. I guess I’m just sick of people whining about debt. It’s part of life. Get over it.
“I learned that if you have something that you stand for and believe in, you have to go out there and do what it takes,” Emily Stutz said.
Go out there and do what it takes? You started a GoFundMe and you panhandled. You reduced yourself to the tactics of a crackhead. And what exactly were you “standing for?” The right to get someone else to pay for you to go to state school down the street?
The bottom line is that I’m not even mad at Emily. I’m actually kind of jealous that I didn’t think of this scam first. Turtleboy should’ve found some chump high school kid and put them up to this if we agreed to split the profits 50-50. Because at the end of the day Emily got the last laugh. She suckered all these morons with her suburban sob story about needing $30,000 a year, and then she ended up going to Lowell and living at home. Jokes on you fools who fell for it!!!
P.S. This girl seems really nice and she has a lovely family. We’re not mad at her, we’re mad at the morons who taught her that begging for money is cool.
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