Continuing media reports detail a range of negative impacts of student loan debt and quality of life issues facing graduates (“As Feds ignore student debt crisis, states like Md. step in,” March 11). Is it reasonable to expect the students, their families and college financial aid departments to seek relief and valuable outside-the-classroom education through experiential learning that is found in the workplace environment? Part-time and summer employment can be part of transitioning from campus life to the realities of the workplace. It was a necessity and practiced personally by my working many part-time jobs during high school and throughout college. Independence, work ethic, integrity and reliability were some of the lessons. It also provided guidance as I may not have known exactly what I wanted to do to foster financial independence, but it helped to define what I did not want to do when employed full-time.