This month’s “Dealing With It” post will be discussing the struggles of being a college student in America. Why do you think this topic should be discussed? Does every college student face the same struggles? Is it just an American dream that everyone WILL be successful upon graduating? What do teenagers really need to know about college? I will be discussing some personal issues and things I have experience that others go through as well.
Here is a little background story of my experience in college.
I graduated from highschool in 2011. I first went to a community college; I hated it. I was only grateful for the amount of loans I saved instead of going to a 4-year university first. In 2013, I went to a 4-year university to graduate in the fall of 2015. Upon graduating, I decided that I didn’t particularly know what I wanted to do with my degree in Business Administration so I decided graduate school was an option. There is a program where anyone with an accredited bachelors degree is able to obtain a license to teach, the subject area of their choosing. I was qualified to teach business, of course, and social studies due to my high amounts of humanities and other social sciences. The only problem is that I had a passion for math, but I didn’t qualify for that area because the last class I was required to take was Business Calculus (equivalent to Calculus I). I could either get qualified in business or social studies and add math as another subject area, or I could just take more math classes to have math as my primary subject area. I decided to take more math classes; I wanted to refresh myself on math and prepare myself more for that area. Today, I am writing this post almost a year later from when I walked across the stage, graduating. Things have changed dramatically.
Since I made the decision to proceed to graduate school, I had to prepare by taking tests and more tests and classes. I had to make sure I would have NO reason to be declined in acceptance to graduate school. About three weeks ago, I was having a nice conversation with friends about different things, policies, laws that had been passed within the State. It was brought to my knowledge that the program, the incentive that brought me to make the decision of going to graduate school, was cut in budget cuts within the State of Mississippi. Most of you may or not be aware of the “Teacher Loan Forgiveness Program”, a program that forgives teachers loans if they teach in that particular State in a needed subject area at a Title I school district (needy/poverty school district). Each State has this program, its an incentive to help teachers stay in their State instead of moving out of that State to teach. In my case, it gave me reason to want to teach and stay in Mississippi. It was security and a plan to a definite job. Although, I can still go through with going to graduate school and get my license in hopes that next year they won’t cut the program in budget cuts. But I rather not have hopes on the State of Mississippi.
I have this tough dilemma as a college student. Was going to college worth it? Did I waste my time? What is next? Will I find a job?
These are questions people ask EVERY day.
The struggle for jobs after graduating is beyond stressful, and frankly not fair. With the worries of how loans will get paid back, or even being able to survive. According to the Economic Policy Institute, The Class of 2015 are still struggling with today’s economy and finding employment. The amount of graduates that actually obtain a job in their related field varies from 14% to 27% in my research findings. That percentage shows you that graduates are merely finding jobs that aren’t even related to the field they got their degree in. Is it really worth it?
I will tell you, it is STILL worth it. Knowledge is always power. There is never enough knowledge one can obtain. You will become useful, one way or another. Although that piece of paper that describes that you are valuable, use it to the best that you can. Do your research and find avenues that you find to be useful.
What does this say about the employment world? Are there not jobs available? Or are the standards not obtainable by newly graduated young adults?
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