Ah, Finally a “Fun” Human-Interest Story on Student Debt

ACADEME BLOG

After all of those horror stories about senior citizens who are still paying off their student debt and parents who co-signed loans from private lenders and are now obligated to pay off the student debt of their deceased children, how nice to finally get an “upbeat” story on student debt.

Erik “Silo” Dahl, a computer-science major at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, is literally eating his way through college to avoid student debt.

“Silo” is a competitive eater—in fact, the third-ranked competitive eater in the world according to All-Pro Eating.

According to the Wisconsin State Journal, Dahl, who is 6’3” tall and weighs 220 pounds, normally eats no more than 3100 calories per day and exercises regularly.

He traces his start in eating competitively to an evening when he visited Big Red’s Steakhouse in Madison. When he saw that he could eat for free if he could manage to consume…

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