This week students across the country will head to to their respective campuses and start their college years. This is a time met with anticipation and excitement. At the same time, in doing so, their debt clocks will start ticking, loudly.
The average college graduate these days owes over $37,000 in student loans! Depending on the college they choose, they could be looking at much more. If you are shelling out that kind of money, you better be sure of what you are buying.
Many people will be paying their student loan debt off for decades. So it better be worth it and they better have picked a solid major. Unfortunately for many, they choose what they find interesting instead of what will eventually pay the bills. I personally know many college graduates working jobs that have nothing to do with their majors. I guess the philosophy PhD that delivers pizzas might use his “skills” to determine how one might choose their toppings. Deep stuff.
This student went to college and instead of becoming a liberal snowflake, became what she calls “a cranky conservative.” Watch this short video and see how her transformation happened; it is eye opening. (the transcript is included below as well)
“Have you ever heard the old saying that a conservative is just a liberal who got mugged?
Well, I got mugged – to the tune of $60,000 a year. It’s called “tuition.”
Like everyone who cons themselves into attending a liberal arts college, I was captivated by the idea of changing the world. I would immerse myself in a diverse pool of academic thought, theory, and action.
Well…it didn’t quite work out that way. Over the course of four years, I was transformed from a plucky, free-thinking free spirit into a cranky, get-off-my-lawn conservative.
The process started not long after I arrived at my elite East Coast school. I thought I was there to expand my knowledge of the world; to debate the great ideas. I soon realized, however, that my professors had something else in mind.
Invariably each class followed the same monotonous ritual: identify a problem – say, racism; blow it up beyond all proportion; blame the problem on the white majority culture; and then offer an unworkable solution – usually involving the government.
Everywhere I turned, I saw political correctness. At first, I just rolled with it. Then, I got annoyed. Then, it started to tick me off. I was being brainwashed. Indoctrinated. And I was paying for the privilege – with borrowed money!
Almost every speaker who came to campus was a leftist journalist, a leftist activist, or a leftist professor from another leftist school. The ones who weren’t leftists were just weird. One time, I attended a film lecture given by a very skilled paraplegic adult film star who showed us some of her “art.” Another time, I went to a performance given by a woman who engaged in auto-eroticism behind a curtain.
I couldn’t deal with it – the PC culture, the mono thinking, the weirdness. I needed some way to cope. So, I got high – almost every day.
Parenthetically, most of the worst stoners I knew are now working in finance or politics. In fact, this is what made me first realize that I was a fan of limited government. I do not trust these goofs to make policy. Their power must be constrained.
This brings me to another black hole in the college experience: useless majors – the only thing more pervasive than marijuana and irresponsible future leaders. I’m not being judgmental here: I have a degree in film and media studies and political science. Why did I choose them? Because they’re subjects I like talking about. Practical, right?
But I was not alone. Most of my peers also chose to spend their student loan money on subjects better learned on YouTube or Turner Classic Movies.
By the time graduation approached, none of us had developed any actual job skills.
And people want to raise taxes to pay for free college for everyone? Are you kidding me? No. Just…no. I’d only give a free education to a smart kid who promised to get a degree in whatever the exact opposite of my degree is. And that degree didn’t come cheap.
I took on tens of thousands of dollars of debt, but never spent a minute learning how to manage it. No such classes were offered. I might have actually learned something useful if they had been. I didn’t learn about taxes either, other than that the rich didn’t pay their “fair share.”
It was only after college, when I was lucky enough to get my first job, that I discovered the truth: the government takes away a lot of your money. Frankly, it’s shocking. And that’s not even counting the mandatory $400 a month deduction for my student loans. I’ll be probably have that albatross around my neck for the rest of my life.
Really, I can’t believe my peers and I spent so much time shaming conservatives for wanting to lower taxes. A past version of myself would call this desire to keep what I earn “selfish.” The current, cheerfully realistic version of me knows this: I can spend my money much better than the politically-correct stoners who are running the government can.
So, I guess – in a roundabout way – I did get something of value out of my expensive liberal arts education after all: Common sense.
I’m Jay Stephens for Prager University.”
If you are a parent with a child ready to explore colleges, you should really take a hard look at this fact: liberal professors outnumber conservative professors by 12 to 1. Some departments, like history, are even worse.
As a college student, I thought I knew everything. Now, as a parent, I can see that my 18-year-old self was still figuring the world out. I distinctly remember the looks on my conservative parents’ faces when I questioned them about something my world history professor said, which was basically ‘Christ was a fraud’. Sorry Mom and Dad!
Many students go to college and think of their professors as celebrities. They believe what they have to say and are not at all comfortable questioning what they are told. Professors are in powerful positions.
In high school, teachers aren’t supposed to indoctrinate and give their opinions (though many do, trust me, I used to teach at one). But in college, the culture is different and professors are free to opine on whatever they choose, and they take full advantage of their captive audiences.
That said, there are colleges out there that are more friendly to conservative viewpoints. Additionally, some conservative students have their heads on straight and can actually make a difference on a liberal campus. I think being aware of the blatant liberal bias of professors and campus officials can at least give students an idea what they are up against. Parents need to prepare their students for this challenge. Otherwise, you may get a snowflake home for Christmas.