Several years ago, I made an entry about universities and the persistent semblances they impose on the youth of today and their parents. I will locate that original posting, but for now I will take the liberty to gloat about how accurate that posting came to be. In the last couple of years, it has been duly noted that getting a top quality education may not be so relevant after all, yet universities want to go above and beyond with their recruiting efforts. There is a preferred method of intoxicating dreams: they will never reach to an abstained and affluent level without a merited college education.
In various media outlets, there have been much discussion about the skepticism of obtaining a post-secondary education. The biggest element of course, is the phenomenal rate of student debt, and sadly, they will end up having to pay their debt to their extraordinary teachings for most of their life, perhaps into their golden years. The evidence of obtaining the dream job in today’s world is slim to none, Basically, students and their parents are paying off their student loans for a glorified, carriaged, and four year networking event. College is the preferred method of collective and festive gatherings, but when it comes to getting the job desired, that’s a whole other ballpark.
It is hard for me to express my disappointment I have for colleges and universities in general for their hauteur. The price of textbooks alone are astronomical, but yes, some books can be purchased used and at a great price — then there are required texts that cannot be purchased because it must be a certain edition. I realize there are ways to work around this, but why should the student go through that much trouble? The only thing that comes to mind is, yes……money.
Much of the trouble also stems to what I like to refer to as “The Curriculum Game.” When my niece was starting her first year in college, I distinctly remember warning her about the games colleges like to play with majors and the curriculum. “Try and stick to a major,” I told her. “You may end up taking other required courses to satisfy the requirements of the curriculum. If you keep changing majors, you’ll have to take different courses, and all the other courses you taken based on your old major will be nullified.”
But the colleges don’t care. They already got their money.
I am at a crossroads of advising my niece as far as continuing her education. It would be an awkward conversation, and I know I am not alone in feeling this way. I don’t want her to get scammed any more, and I don’t want her to be taken advantage by large institutions where salaries are envious and the job is deemed with great ascendancy. The flipside is I would feel the conversation would seem ambiguous. The last thing I want to do is discredit all that she has done so far, and she needs to be encouraged for as long as she wishes. My desire is that I want more transparency when it comes to college education. Pellucidness is of utmost importance, and all that fancy talk from the school’s recruiter better equal to a sustainable and prosperous job market.