As we watch the Republican and Democratic National Conventions, it is  worth noting the distinct stances on student loans. I am certain many of my friends and colleagues have student loans to thank, in part, for our education. I worked throughout both my undergraduate and graduate school years, at times well beyond 40 hours per week. However, it was student loans that made up the gap and allowed my to pursue and complete my PhD.

Mitt— I did not have parents to loan me the money. Wake up.

I am a Harvard professor today because the student loan program made it possible to combine my hard work and efforts with the necessary economic support. I was not looking for a ‘hand out,” and certainly will vote in such a way as to assure — to the best of my ability — that student loans exist in the future to help other students.