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Eugene Resnick, UVA Class of 2010: University of Virginia’s Board of Visitors Have Learned Nothing

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As the campaign to restore funding for AccessUVa (the University of Virginia's financial aid program) turns up the heat this week, I AM NOT A LOAN will be posting stories and comments from those who have benefited from the program directly. Today's story is by Eugene Resnick, who graduated from the University of Virginia in 2010:

I am a 2010 graduate of the College of Arts and Sciences, and served as a College Representative on the Student Council in 2009-2010. I was an Echols Scholar and Distinguished Major having received a full 100% grant from AccessUVA. Without it, it would have been impossible to attend a university as expensive and prestigious as UVA without graduating with massive amounts of debt that would have haunted me and my family for a lifetime. I was one of the first classes of AccessUVA recipients.

It is thanks to AccessUVA grants that allowed me to pursue a UVA education, opened the door for me to study abroad in Denmark and India, intern abroad in Ireland, partake in multiple ASB trips to Ecuador and Peru, and so much more in the four years I spent in Charlottesville. It made me the person I am today and I am deeply disappointed by the Board of Governor's decision. I am shocked, and baffled to hear that the University is now going backwards when we made so much progress in the 2006-2010 period that I was there.

I thank AccessUVA and UVA in general for giving me the inspiration to pursue a Master's at one of the most prestigious universities in the world, the London School of Economics, where I completed an MSc in 2011. I currently still live in London, working in communications and public relations for corporate clients. All of this would not have been possible without AccessUVA. The Board of Visitors has clearly learned nothing and it is a shame to see what has happened to UVA since I graduated in 2010. I am deeply disappointed especially as my main motivation for donating to the University was targeted towards helping others in AccessUVa.

—  Eugene Resnick, CLASS of 2010, AccessUVA Recipient, Echols Scholar

To show your support for students, please sign the petition telling the Board of Visitors to restore full funding for the AccessUVa program.

  • DJRippert

    This is not a very persuasive argument.  Mr. Resnick had all of his college costs paid for by the taxpayers I guess.  People like construction workers, policemen and others.  He thinks this is only fair since he would have had to take on “massive amounts of debt otherwise”.  During his time at UVA Mr. Resnick had sufficient financial resources to study abroad in Denmark and India.  He also could take multiple trips to Ecuador and Peru.  Since graduating from UVA Mr. Resnick has gone on to get a masters degree from the London School of Economics.  He now lives in London and works in communications and public relations for corporate clients.

    Why shouldn’t Mr. Resnick be expected to repay the costs of his education?  It sounds like he has a great education, a great job and almost unlimited future earning power.

    As an aside, I also went to the University of Virginia.  I waited tables at LaHacienda during the school year, I mowed lawns and moved furniture for Student Services during the summer, I was a Research Assistant for a finance professor and I worked in the Computing Center at Gilmer Hall.  I took out Virginia Educational Loan Authority (VELA) loans.  The loans had nothing to do with my parents.  I was an adult and I signed for the loans myself.  I couldn’t afford to study abroad or take any trips to South America.  After I graduated I worked very hard to repay those loans (at the then prevailing 18% interest rate).

    Should taxpayers have paid for my education (without expecting to ever get paid back)?  Of course not.  Why should policewomen and waiters forfeit their tax money to pad the pockets of a guy like me who was being given every opportunity imaginable?  Why should I have gotten a free education when I was going to be completely capable of paying back the loans based on the high quality education I was receiving?

    This is no better than corporate welfare.