WARNING: rant incoming. I have a dream, ladies and gentlemen. I have a dream of being a journalist, of writing about events and telling others what happened. I love it so, and I work my butt off at my high school's paper because it's what makes me happy. But now I'm a senior and something terrible has happened to me: I have to go to college. The problem isn't with leaving home or being mature enough. I want to go to a nice college somewhere and study hard, but the problem is the money. My parents lost all of my savings in the financial crisis, so I start out with zero. My situation with the FAFSA leaves me with about $7,000 a year. Surely it's a start, but it's not enough. I just can't look at colleges that have gigantic price tags no matter how good the education. I don't want to take a loan because it seems doing so would be signing away my financial future for the rest of my life. Heard of those Occupy Wall Street protests happening in almost every major city in the world? Those people are arguing against corporate greed, but they're also fighting against high college prices. My generation has been told that they need to go to college or they'll end up working an awful dead-end job for the rest of their life. But in the day and age where you need a degree in something just to be competitive for a ****e job, it seems like going to college is a one-way ticket to debt slavery. So what's a broke high schooler to do? I'm not planning on going to a 2-year (the ones close to me are known to have notoriously bad journalism programs. One of them has a paper so poorly created that the actual journalism students don't bother writing for it.) So how the hell am I supposed to achieve college without chaining myself to the heavy, cast-iron ball that is student debt? Please, give me your advice and try to not make me kill myself.