Johnny Lechner, 28, is an 11th-year senior at University of Wisconsin-Whitewater. He’s planning to come back for a 12th year, even though he’s already got 100 more credits than he needs to graduate and is paying double tuition, known as the “slacker tax.”
Lechner says he went to college to “discover who I was.” The Wisconsin State Journal explains:
Turns out he’s someone who likes to sleep in, play basketball, write songs and party two or three nights a week.
“I’ve fallen into some sort of a comfort zone here,” he said. “I think deep down inside I have a fear of getting into the next phase of my life.”
His middle-class parents pitched in financially for the first two years. Now he owes $30,000 in student loans but otherwise pays as he goes, using money earned as a waiter at the Janesville Olive Garden.
. . . His major has zigged and zagged over the years, with stops at health education, theater and communications. He even tried women’s studies.
“I think they’ll end up kind of balling it all together as a liberal studies major, with a lot of emphasis areas,” he said. He hopes to one day work with troubled youth.
Lechner, who has a B average, doesn’t have to start paying back his college loans till he graduates.