These are the times that try our souls, and especially our credit ratings. We've discussed the issue of student loan debt at some length here, and more and more data have emerged on the pitfalls of mortgaging young futures in exchange for elusive, prestigious dreams.
Consumerist.com, ever ready to reveal the flaws of a debt-ridden lifestyle, has recently published two superb articles on that subject. The first, Student Loans, Gateway Drug To Debt Slavery, includes a masterful illustrated chronology showing how we got into this mess in the first place. The second, Love In The Time Of Soul-Crushing Student Loan Debt, warns of some unintended consequences of owing a lot of money to others.