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Re: “When college doesn't pay for itself

I am going to try to be as respectful as possible in expressing my point of view, becuase I understand that you are in a very frustrating financial situation that I wouldn't wish on anyone. But I feel like part of the problem is a lack of personal accountability. It seems like a lot of the things you are saying are excuses for why you are in this situation. I too am a creative person and originally planned on going to RISD in graphic arts. However, after I got in, I looked at the costs, what loans would mean, and my earning potential when I graduated (and 5 years and 10 years later) and decided that it made no sense to pay so much for an education that, while allowing me to work in the field I love, would not put me in a position to earn enough to even pay back the loans. So I went to Hendrix College on a visual arts scholarship instead and double majored in Art and History, which the intention of going to law school and continueing my art career on the side. If I could make enough money from it to support myself to the extent I wanted, then it could become a full time career. If not, I had a means of supporting myself. Now I am so thankful that I went on to law school and got a good stable job because the idea of trying to support myself (and buy a house and pay off loans and start a family) in the arts, in this economy, makes me want to panic. I still love to paint and sometimes sell a few paintings. I use my creative background in other ways every day, too. It actually helps me quite a bit in my law practice. But I guess I just don't buy into the idea that if you love something, you should pursue it as a career at all costs. Students seem to go into college with the idea that "I love music, so that is what I'll major in, and I'll find a way to get a great job in the music industry, since that is what will make me happy" without really considering the likelihood of that plan actually working out, and what it would pay, and what would happen if they can't find that job.

All I am saying is that college is an investment in your future, so you should take some time at the begining to evaluate whether it makes sense to invest more money than you will actually get in return.

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Posted by ambiano on 01/12/2012 at 9:56 AM

 

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