Generation no skillz
I have always had trouble listening to my instincts. When I was in high school, I wasn’t particularly interested in going to college, and certainly was not prepared. I never wanted the dorm or the sorority or any other cliche aspects of college appeal. So why did I end up a degreed young lady? All I remember are the mandatory PSATs and college applications and scare tactics coming from all directions, and I didn’t know any other options…and, well, I didn’t listen to my instincts enough to attempt to explore other options (my baaaaaaaad).
I casually ask my friends and acquaintances the same question: “why did you go to college?”. People have similar reasoning, exceptions being the sorostitutes and those who enjoy academics as a competitive sport. I find that for most of my generation, college was an impulse buy. Buy? Say whaaaat? Gushing education advocates fail to emphasize the serious financial burden of college. Well, I know I am not the only one who would like to return my degree for a refund.
“Why are you such a raging bitch on this subject, Anna?”
I did the four-year degree thing and came out with a Bachelor of Science in biology, abbreviated conveniently, “BS”. I had the complementary part-time job, which I enjoyed far more than any class. If it wasn’t for that job, I would have absolutely no applicable skills after four years and thousands of dollars worth of post-secondary education.
Going back to a figure from the Wall Street Journal I shared in my last entry: 150% increase in U.S. federal student loans since 2002. According to Collegeboard.org, almost 70% of Stafford Loan Funds went to public four-year schools and private non-profit schools, 20% to for-profit schools, and only 10% to public 2-year schools in 2012. THIS IS NOT OKAY considering there are so many obscure curricula offered in colleges/public universities like biology, not to mention psychology, philosophy, and gender studies (Lord, help us all).
What is wrong with this picture? There is a culture and a government that support learning nothing that can pay the rent and keep the lights on. If I could get that refund, I would buy a Chanel bag and then go to trade school to become a plumber. Yes, I would rather fix your turdy pipes than apply for anymore jobs. Above all, I would live my new life as a more intuitive person.Follow @annamaxwe