Last semester I walked out of a final with mixed feelings. I knew I had done well on the exam, yet I wondered if, in the real world, I would ever use any of the theories I had memorized and then regurgitated onto the final. I told a classmate how I felt as we left the building, admitting to her that most days I wondered what I was even doing in college. She replied that she often felt the same, then added: “But we need to see this through and get our degrees, so we can get a good job.”
I walked across campus with an uneasy feeling in the pit of my stomach. My classmate’s words were still on my mind as I looked at the students around me.
If buying a home used to be considered the American Dream, then “going to college so you can get a good job” used to be considered good advice that promised us security and happiness, but turned out to be a myth. Higher education has been called the next bubble to pop. We are the most educated generation so far, yet half of college graduates are unemployed and crippled by their debt. We were fooled into believing that higher education would make us successful in this new economy, and now we slowly realize this isn’t true, we slowly realize the joke.
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