“So, what had happened was …”
This phrase typically draws immediate laughter. That’s because those familiar with the refrain know the speaker is about to admit that something went wrong, and he or she bears some responsibility for it.
It’s what I thought of when readers asked me to weigh in on a trending story about an incoming freshman at Spelman College who came close to losing campus housing and not attending the school.
Here’s what happened.
The young woman, Nayya Martinique, drove with her family from Indianapolis to the Atlanta school for orientation. But when they got there, Martinique and her mother, TJai Downs, hadn’t realized that the federal loans Martinique received weren’t enough to cover all her expenses. To at least be able to move into her dorm, they needed to come up with $4,000.
Downs tried to get a federal Parent Plus loan, but she was denied because of an unpaid student loan of her own that she had dating back to 2008. A veteran, Downs said she had exhausted the financial aid available to her under the GI Bill. So she had taken out a student loan to help make it through a graduate program.
“I definitely take full responsibility,” Downs said. “I should have been far more aware of everything.”