This website is a link from the Institute for College Access and Success, and it works to educate students on student debt issues.  It includes conclusions with links to various press releases surrounding the idea of student debt.  It also served interactive purposes by including polls that asks students questions like, “Did you take out federal or private loans?”  This website also has a column dedicated to giving advice to borrowers so that they can make smart decisions regarding student loans.

This New York Times article proposes the idea that it has become normal for college students to bite off more from private lenders than they can chew.  Students are borrowing immense amounts to finance their college experience when they don’t know if they will have the means to pay it back in a reasonable amount of time.  Blow tells us that as college tuition has increased in both private and public sectors, median household incomes have also declined proving that families just cannot afford a post-secondary education.  The author also comments on the rate at which college graduates are being underemployed, meaning that they are over-qualified for the work that they are doing and earning way less than they should be thus also declining the ability for graduates to pay back there loans.  Although this isn’t a pleasant reality, this is becoming the new normal.

This video from CBS evening news points out that student loan debt is now surpassing one of the largest types of debt, credit card debt.  This video expresses the idea that when students are 18 years old and beginning their college debt, they do not have the financial knowledge  to begin to understand what paying back these loans will mean after they graduate and how it will affect them the rest of their lives.

This blog focuses on environmental activism as well and the importance of sustainable transportation.  The author makes the idea that our planet can only consume so much pollution, before we must cut back.  The most logical way to go is to think of new ways to get us from point A to point B.  The car industry was one that definitely projected our economy in a positive light but it did so at the cost of our environment’s health.  I think it’s important to look at a communal transportation system as one that could be lucrative as well.  The featured author of this blog also looks at the idea of organizing youth activism groups, and how they can be productive and fun at the same time.

This video was found on CBS news and follows an individual who got her college degree in architecture and interior design and has yet to find a job.  The angle is different from other stories we have seen in the news because this graduate is an adult with a family.  As she continues to pay off her loan payments without a job, but only spousal support, she expresses her anger on how the money could be going somewhere else more important for her family.  While this student is proud of her diploma, she longs to get a job and feel accomplished and productive.

This Tumblr Blog is dedication to provide information to stop bullying.  I like to think of it as an inspirational blog because photographs and meaningful quotes are posted regularly.  Not only does it provide inspiration to the victims who suffer in our nation’s schools, but it provides inspiration to those who are not bullied but can do their best to help others out.  This includes being an ally and standing up for one’s friends.

  • Goodman, Amy; Juan Gonzalez. Democracy Now! A Daily Independent Global News Hour. Retrieved April 23, 2013, from

Democracy Now! is a news program hosted by two journalists Amy Goodman and Juan Gonzalez.  They report on war and peace and provide the audience with access to people and perspectives rarely heard in the U.S.corporate-sponsored media, including independent and international journalists, ordinary people from around the world who are directly affected by U.S. foreign policy, grassroots leaders and peace activists, artists, academics and independent analysts. In addition, Democracy Now! hosts real debates–debates between people who substantially disagree, such as between the White House or the Pentagon spokespeople on the one hand, and grassroots activists on the other. For true democracy to work, people need easy access to independent, diverse sources of news and information.

This blog is an environmental blog that actually featured  the UMASS Permaculture garden for one of their post.  It informed me that our school is actually doing a pretty good job in using sustainable foods in our dining establishments.  Approximately 25% of our food is locally grown – some coming from our very own student led Permaculture garden.  The blog emphasizes that this garden is run on a volunteer basis, so it is important for students to become activists and get involved if they want to grow even more sustainable food in the future.

The Weed Blog has a section that we focused on where they interviewed with multiple College Student Marijuana Activists.  The interviewers particularly focus on how students have becomes involved with the Students for Sensible Drug Policy committee.  The blog also keeps us updated on the progress of medical marijuana dispensaries around the nation, and it generally pushes the concept that medical marijuana can help those who are sick therefore it should be available.

This blog on medical marijuana provides the most objective stance on whether or not it should be legal for medicine purposes.  I like to think of this website as an informative blog.  If one knew little on the position of medical marijuana and wanted to be educated before making up their mind one should visit this type of website.

The Anti-Bullying Blog is dedicated to alternative ways to avoid bullying as well as trying to come to terms as to why people resort to bullying. This blog is an outlet for victims to share their experiences and help others learn in a positive way.  The blog features inspirational quotes that may help victims survive their experiences.  It also features stories of survivors who suffered through bullying in school, but have made it through to see the other side.

I thought this blog was interesting because it followed a man who decided to log his repayment of debt expenses that he had collected while attending Harvard Business School.  What is interesting about this blog was the manner in which he cut costs to pay off his debt as well as the other tactics he used.  While his story is a rare one and unfathomable for most, I thought that it may be able to imply some inspiration to others who are in the same situation.

This website is a column that allows students who are suffering through student debt to relay their stories to the general public.  It displays the tagline, “Student Debtor Stories submitted by the 99%”.  I find this line to be very powerful because it sends out the message of community.  When graduates believe that they are alone in this battle, it is important for them to realize that they are not alone and that many others are going through the exact same situation.

This blog is dedicated to informing students/cannabis coalition members about group topics and upcoming meetings relating to marijuana.  Not only does it provide information the coalition (including meetings and topics to be considered) but it features interviews with former CRC members, and how their membership within this coalition paved the way for the careers they have now.  Specifically some of them are working on state-based marijuana reform for medical conditions.  This blog shows how being an activist can become a career choice on day.

The It Gets Better Project’s mission is to communicate to lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender youth around the world that it gets better, and to create and inspire the changes needed to make it better for them.  The videos posted on this website exemplify the struggle that they youth of LGBT community grow through while growing up while at the same time offering the advice that life will surely get better.  This website is super relate-able because it features ordinary people as well as those who are famous and in the spotlight.

This New York Times article dives in and takes a look at a personal story of a girl from an immigrant family who was the first of them to attend college.  She attended Tufts University and took out almost 50,000 dollars in just private loans in addition to federal loans.  This article claims that she has a monthly payment of 900 dollars to Sallie Mae, her private loan lender, and follows her struggles.

Student Debt Emergency takes a look at the Occupy Wall Street movement and emphasizes the idea that the 99% needs to come together and seek justice on issues like the student debt movement.  This blog focuses on a cycle that includes youth students borrowing too much money for school that will take them a lifetime to pay off.  Even worse, some of these students are earning sub-prime degrees, which means they will not get paid enough to manage to pay off their debt.  We also see the concept that the middle class isn’t earning enough, they are underemployed or unemployed.

This article states the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

This is a facebook ran by the students who are in charge of the UMASS Amherst Permaculture Garden outside of the Franklin Dining Commons.  This is an important hub because it has the ability to let the student public know how to get involved in the Permaculture movement and how it is great for our community’s environment.  The page provides ways to get involved, they even post classes that allow one to get their Permaculture gift certificate.  By visiting this site I was able to learn that this garden can produce thousands of pounds of vegetables that will go directly to our own dining establishments on campus.  By visiting this site I have connected being environmentally green as well as healthy.

This Facebook page is a great resource for students graduating from UMASS Amherst and who will be leaving with a substantial amount of debt with them, as well as the possibility of not being employed.  This page inspires students not to settle with this American ideal, but to rather come together and not allow this lifestyle to be a norm.  The page offers activities that students can participate in regarding student debt such as the “Debt Fence.”  This is a fence surrounding construction on the UMASS campus begging the question, “Why is there so much construction going on yet there is so little funding to be used to aid students with grants or federal-interest based loans?”

  • United Nations Gopher. (1994, July 7) The United Nations International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights. Retrieved on April 23, 2013, from

This article states The United Nations International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights.

  • US Department of Health and Human Services. Stop Retrieved on April 23, 2013, from

This website provides information from various government agencies on how kids, teens, young adults, parents, educators and others in the community can prevent or stop bullying.  It even features a lifeline that our youth can call when they are having an unreasonably time in dealing with a bully on a social level.

This website is an informational site about The Democratic National Committee’s Youth Coordinating Council, also known as the Youth Council, which was made an official council of the Democratic National Committee in December 2005, with a goal of increasing involvement of young people in the Democratic Party. Since the websites creation, the Youth Council has become more and more active and has helped maintain high participation rates and foster greater political involvement. Young people have had new opportunities to become more active with local and national Democrats, and help shape the party across the country for decades to come.


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