Bleacher Report: The Free Education For Students Who Can't Afford College

Nick MaxsonCorrespondent IMay 8, 2009

NEW ORLEANS - DECEMBER 28:  Tyson Smith #1 and Luke Clemens #11 of Iowa State celebrate their win over Miami of Ohio during the Independence bowl at Independence Stadium on December 28, 2004 in Shreveport, Louisiana. Iowa defeated Miami of Ohio 17-13.  (Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images)

For most of us, college is the best four years of our lives. Then we realize for the next 10 years we will be paying back the money used to go to college.

It is a worth while investment not only for ourselves, but for investors as well.

However due to the slacking state of the economy, the credit freeze and the battered job market, most financial firms have put their money on lock down.

As a student myself, I have spent three years in college; two of those receiving student private loans by myself, without a co-signer.

My parents who are both hard working blue-collar people have been greatly effected by the economy.

My father, who manages restaurants has been laid off three times in the past year. My mother, who is a flight attendant for then Northwest Airlines now part of Delta Airlines has taken nearly 50% pay cuts and slashed benefits to health insurance for one.

For students like me, and I believe there are more young kids in similar situations like I am, where do we turn for financial aid to complete our degrees?

Before we get into that, I would like to share some thoughts I've had on wise investments. For any student who have spent even one semester in school on private loans should be able to continue receiving loans until they have finished with their education.

Why? Simply this. Investors lend out money to students they feel will get their diplomas and then get a good career and be able to not only get their money back but make some money off it in the process.

Cutting off their supply of money in the middle of their education is saying goodbye to their money. With no degree in hand, no jobs in the market and six months later the student loan payments kick in, how do you pay that back?

So here I sit, with even last fall's tuition still in my Iowa State University account, an avid sports writer doing only what I know how to do, keep writing.

If practice and experience is worth its wait in gold then Bleacher Report has made it simply possible for me to do what I want to do, write about sports.

Unfortunately since Bleacher Report doesn't put the food on the table, I wonder how long it will be before I'm able to do what I love to do with a degree on my wall and a paycheck in the mail.

I thank Bleacher Report for allowing me to practice and get better at the one thing that keeps me sane.

If there is one thing I wont be doing, and neither should anyone else if your in my situation, is give up.

Keep your head held high, keep writing and continue showing your passion to the readers of the world.

If there is one thing Bleacher Report can help you on a resume is the fact that not only number one it is a voluntary site which shows commitment and passion, but you make up the stories too which shows creativity.

So as you sit in your mom and dads basement, watching Sportscenter with a drink in hand, remember that hard work and dedication pays off so continue writing and indulging your fans with factual and entertaining content.

One day you will be sitting in your office, writing your blog or sports story, getting make-up or even watching the extra innings of the Red Sox and Yankees. You will have this site to thank when you look back at this troubled economic time in history and you can say "I got my start here, this is where it all began."