The cost of education comes heavy with the burden of students loans for many who have attended universities nationwide.
In what is certainly a sign of the times, Krystal Metcalfe, a 29-year-old Chicago college graduate, penned a song about the challenges of living with the burden of student loans.
In the new self-released single, the soul crooner compared her struggle paying off her student loans to that of a break up with a girl named “Sallie,” in reference to major money lender Sallie Mae.
Metcalfe said in an interview that she felt inspired to write “Sallie” after becoming fed up that she and her husband were using her mother’s Netflix account, which was unavailable since it had become overcrowded with users. She remembered telling her husband, “This is terrible, we don’t even have money to afford our own account and we’re grown adults.”
Her sentiment can be felt by many millennials who also spend what she called “a big chunk” of their monthly income to paying off loans.
“You tell me
You’ll give me time
But I don’t want to spend my life
Indebted to you
and you call me
Almost every night
There’s no running, and I can’t hide
NO NO NO NO NO Sallie”
A spokesman for Sallie Mae, Rick Castellano, noted his appreciation for former students who owe a seemingly bottomless amount of money. He wrote in an email statement received by MarketWatch that Metcalfe didn’t appear to be indebted to Sallie Mae directly, but “we certainly empathize with her frustration.”
Castellano also pointed towards the overall misconception that while the lender has become synonymous with student debt for many Americans, the Department of Education handles the overwhelming majority of the student loan market these days.
Listen to the full song on Soundcloud below:
Photo credit: Twitter, @KrystalMetcalfe