As we all know, higher education is a hot topic just now, not just here in the UK, but all across the world as the rising costs of tuition fees and grant cuts become all too common.
With the Tories constantly changing the face of further education in Britain as we know it, degree-seekers are slowly abandoning their dreams of heading to university for that once-important scroll at the end.
However, there may be a light at the end of the tunnel for those who still want one, but don’t want to have to put in the hard slog for three to four years – thanks to one eBay user.
Florida State University (FSU) graduate, Stephanie Ritter, has taken to the online auction site to sell her theatre degree for the price of $50,000 (£32,359) which, she says, comes with genuine FSU experiences and memories.
“Why waste four years of your life going to a state school for a piece of paper when you can just buy mine?” the graduate says in the ad.
“I graduated from Florida State University in 2011 and have yet to use my diploma, so save yourself the time and buy college experience, featuring diploma!”
Brand new, unused, and in mint condition, if you’re still not convinced into purchasing it, Stephanie outlines the extras she will throw in if a user selects the ‘Buy It Now’ option:
A tour of FSU, including everywhere you would have gone/eaten/partied in your four years there
Access to all of Stephanie’s college memories/Facebook albums for six months
A paid-for show at the FSU School of Theatre
She will rent a car and show the buyer the best view of the Capitol building
A walking tour of the theatre where she performed the play ‘How I Learned to Drive’
A driving tour of the spots where she got speeding tickets in between classes
A walking tour of all the trash cans her ex silently projectile vomited in on their way to big events
And finally – time permitting – the buyer will also be treated to an authentic FSU home football or baseball game, all courtesy of the graduate
She justifies the price tag of $50,000 as that’s how much she spent over the course of the four years, including tuition at both FSU and the Theatre Academy London, one year room and board in halls, four years’ access to home football games, four years’ access to insurance (pre-Obamacare), and a four-year supply of books.
She rounds-off by adding: “Seriously though, I’m still $40,000 (£25,887) in debt and I work as a personal assistant in Los Angeles. Someone please buy my experience (diploma) and validate my use of time between 2007-2011.”
Surely she’s joking, though. Isn’t she?