I'm one more semester until graduation, but probably the average amount?
Again, I don't find myself in quite the same mess as people with $100,000 in debt, but I feel for them.
You're probably right about one thing. There's not much of an excuse for the people that can amass 70-100k in debt, but the fact that so many people end up owing that kind of debt tells me something is wrong somewhere.
What kind of country will we be living in when this debt-ridden generation inherits the country while retired baby boomers and retiring gen Xers suck away the last bit of government entitlement programs?
I am $100k in the hole, even though I had a partial scholarship. It sucks. But I made the decision and its my responsibility, not taxpayers or Obama, to get myself out of it.
I knew before graduating, that I picked a shite major. Even with the internships I did and network connections I picked up, I can't find anything that pays more than $25k in the field. And I did some pretty impressive internships and made good grades. The job market for my field sucks and it may never recover. No one in my major that I graduated with(graduated May 2011) has found a full time job in our field. Other people have full time jobs, but not in the field.