They’re like, ‘You can’t register until you pay its balance.; It was like $4,000 and I was like, ‘I have a house. I have have a car. I have bills. I have to feed myself. Like, I can’t just give you $4,000. This is not feasible for me right now.’ It was like maybe$900 is for Wayne State? So it wasn’t too bad, but it was enough where I didn’t have it. The student debt crisis is the defining issue of our generation. There is this shared frustration that students are required to take on so much personal debt to achieve something that is basically required to access economic opportunity. If you owe $1,500, we’re gonna forgive $500 the first semester, $500 the second, $500 the spring, summer, and then you have a zero balance. We just literally wipe it off the books. Taking so many classes and, working two part time jobs, and helping and take care of my grandmother, who was ill at the time, was extremely stressful. My son was 3 years old when we lost my fiancé. I went into a tailspin of emotions that, you know, no one wants to experience and college was the furthest thing from my mind. I love my job and I love the position that I have but I always wanted to do more. I wanted to go back. It was like maybe $900 is a for Wayne State? Maybe that much? So wasn’t too bad, but it was enough where I didn’t have it. I have a good job, but my job could be better if I had my degree already and I know that for a fact. Like, I’ve had CFOs in CEOs, in the city, tell me directly, like, ‘You have to have your degree.’ Like for jobs like that, they can’t hire you if you don’t meet certain qualifications. I had to start a whole new 4-year program over. The money that I should have had, I had already spent it, basically, in the first part of this program that I wasted my time on, basically. They were like, ‘You can’t register to pay his balance.’ Like $4,000, and I was like– Cause I’m like, ‘I have life. Like, I have a house. I have a car. I have bills. I have to feed myself. Like, I can’t just give you $4,000. Like, this is not feasible for me right now. My friends Ciara, she was showing me this video and then she was like, ‘Whatever balance you owe, like, they’ll help you get it down to the point where you can reroll to finish your classes.’ We allow them to reengage as currently enrolled students and every semester that they are successfulx–and that means taking at least six hours, you know, getting a 2.5 GPA and working toward graduation goals, every semester they’re successful, we forgive a third of that balance. We just literally wipe it off the books. The Warrior Way Back program looked and said, ‘No worries, we’ll take care of it. You got one class to go in order to achieve what you need to get done. Let’s make this happen.’ For them to actually implement a program to focus on getting the students back–it’s surprising but it’s really important. It was good that they did that. For me, Warrior Way Back is more of a social justice mentality and mindset in higher education that we are knocking down those barriers for students to basically reach their potential. That’s successful in and of itself. You find strength in the strangest or the most beautiful places and the most beautiful place is my son. And the memory of my fiancé. He wanted me to go forward and get this degree. And he pushed me. He was like my biggest cheerleader. You still get that notion in the back of your head, like, ‘Have I done everything that needs to get done in order to get to this degree? And to know that is over with and that, you know, I finally have that official paper is a great feeling.