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Tough Love for College Grads

WSJ’s Bret Stephens offers his advice…

“Allow me to be the first one not to congratulate you. Through exertions that—let’s be honest—were probably less than heroic, most of you have spent the last few years getting inflated grades in useless subjects in order to obtain a debased degree. Now you’re entering a lousy economy, courtesy of the very president whom you, as freshmen, voted for with such enthusiasm. Please spare us the self-pity about how tough it is to look for a job while living with your parents. They’re the ones who spent a fortune on your education only to get you back— return-to-sender, forwarding address unknown.”

Tell us how you really feel Bret Stephens!

Sorry class of 2012, but I happen to agree with him.

And I’m not getting on a high horse, because I’ll be the first to admit, Communications wasn’t exactly the most challenging major in the world. It was interesting, and that’s what I thought your college major should be—something that interests you.

But, you see, it was a different time back then in 2004. When I arrived at the University of Delaware, bright eyed and green, a bachelor’s degree still meant something.

Nowadays, college kids don’t have the luxury of picking what interests them. They might have to go outside their comfort zone and pick a major like business or economics or engineering, even if those endeavors aren’t exactly their cup of tea.

It’s just the state of our economy, the state of our world. Someday a regular Bachelor of the Arts degree might mean something again, but until then, 18 year old kids are going to have to plan for jobs that will be in demand four years down the road.

And the most recent grads are just going to have to learn how to adapt and innovate, in the face of an administration that doesn’t want them to succeed.

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