Debt is one of the most debilitating facts of life. Very few people (including the super-rich) are able to avoid falling into debt's clutches. Student debt is particularly debilitating for people trying to build a life for themselves. Elizabeth Greenwood was being crushed by her own student debt and thought that the best way to get through the trouble would be to fake her own death.
Though she says she never truly considered "killing herself off" she did get fairly deep into the process. Greenwood went to the Philippines in order to start the process.