About

As a college student struggling with undiagnosed chronic illness, I came to the conclusion that I was never going to pay back the student loans I had borrowed. When my symptoms were at their worst, I wanted to drop out, or at least take time off to rest and heal, but the fear of being in debt without a degree was actually worse than the physical pain. These experiences caused me to question the system of student debt as it exists in the USA today, so I started to research the history and economics of student debt.

Since 2016, I have been writing and speaking out to advocate for a student debt strike. I was at Trump Tower on November 9th, 2016. On the train down to NYC, I wrote the following in my notebook:
“Trump’s always been president… It can’t just be #FuckTrump. We have to do better. We can’t just react, we have to imagine. They want us to react. Our reaction must be strategic.
Figure out how to structure a student loan/tuition boycott that will pose a significant threat to the banking system. Trump is a symptom, the system is the problem.”

My research has primarily focused on Student Loan Asset-Backed Securities (SLABS), a type of financial instrument which turns our student debt into someone else’s asset. I believe that the market for these securities is immoral, and must be abolished along with all student debt.

In 2018, I did manage to graduate from college and published a pamphlet advocating for a student debt boycott, and was interviewed by Professor Richard Wolff on his show Economic Update.

In 2019, I organized a panel discussion at LeftForum featuring former presidential candidate Dr. Jill Stein, Mike Gravel 2020 campaign manager David Oks, and economist Daniella Medina. I also began occasionally writing for openDemocracy.net, mostly on the topic of student debt resistance.