Despite the monthly mailers practically begging me to do so, I will never “give back” to the alma matter that gave me absolutely nothing but a mountain of debt.
Good Luck, Champ
At the risk of sounding like the ‘old man,’ kids today have it easy. “Back in my day…” college was mostly hands off (save for a few perverted professors who took a shine to the hot, young co-eds).
There was no career services office, no interview prep, not networking guidance, not even a heads up on what to expect when you graduated. Instead, all we got was basically a “good luck” and “don’t let the door hit you on the way out.”
Long, Hard Road
It took me 10 years to pay off my loans, and that was with a scholarship! I know people who are still knee-deep in debt, working dead-end jobs with no hope of ever moving ahead.
Meanwhile, we are all just a number to the alumni office — just an ATM to bleed even more cash from, which the school will use to screw over current students even harder than they screwed us. The years have taught them how to get better at their game of extortion!
I tell kids today to steer clear from higher education unless they actually want to be Uncle Sam’s whipping boy for the next three decades. It’s better to use that time and money to learn a practical trade that’s halfway useful to anyone. Maybe then you’ll actually have a fighting chance.
by Tuppence “Penny” Piazza
Residential Life Magazine