@1LS Right, but I'm not saying a humanities degree is less valuable than a STEM degree. At all. I'm saying that someone with a humanities degree MAY NOT earn (in a related field) what a STEM grad MAY earn upon securing jobs following graduation. Therefore, a humanities grad MAY HAVE more of a challenge paying down their debt than will a STEM grad.
@lisaf Mmmm, I wasn't saying that everyone had to drop non-STEM majors and pick up engineering, though. Some majors are more expensive to teach than others. I don't see any getting around that.
@the angry little raincloud Uh-uh. My point wasn't an if-then statement about if you're going to study English, then you should go to a cheaper school. No, what I'm saying is if you're going to study English, understand that you will not be awarded a six-figure job upon graduation. THEREFORE, just. think. about. that. If you're OK with debt from a private and/or expensive institution, great! If you're not, maybe that's not the way you should go.
@the angry little raincloud Please don't get pissed (I'm a nice person and I think birds are cute. So you know a little about me now.) I was a double-major in journalism & poli sci. From a state school, no less. I've got nothing against humanities. I just can't believe my colleagues who, with same or similar degrees, are approaching 40, and still up to their necks in debt because they opted for a more expensive, yet quite possibly no better/worse than my public equivalent, education.
@LaLoba OMG, totally not advising people to give up studying arts & lit! That would be...horrible. What I'm trying to say is...keep it in perspective. I don't get why someone would opt for the $40,000/year school to study art history and subsequently expect to secure a comfortable salary the year after graduation. I'm saying...wanna study art history? OK, maybe opt for the in-state school or the school who offers the most non-borrowed funding options.
Although I feel for any young adult struggling under a burden of debt, I do wonder about some of the choices that would have alleviated the severity of that debt. I cringe whenever I encounter someone who went to a private, expensive college only to major in...art history...British lit...even teaching. If you're fortunate to land a career related to something to which you dedicated four (or more) years of your life AND a pile of money, you'll still spend an vast part of your adult life making payments on that. And if you're truly happy with it, then I commend you. But don't think you deserve to be first in line to wave your fist at the 1 percent and flip off any other financial institution that's doing what you AGREED to when you signed the dotted line.
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@Snicker-snack! sometimes you just gotta do what you gotta do in certain situations.
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@JoanTition i didn't know about cat abortions either until my vet offered it (i found my cat in an alley and didn't know her condition until a few days later when i brought her in for a check-up). i call it the "after-school special" because there used to be this mega-cheesy "life lesson" series on ABC that would air right around the time you got home from school. it was actually called something like ABC After-School Specials. i don't think they covered anything as serious or controversial as cat abortions, though.
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is it weird i was really excited to find out that my cat is not the only cat in the world to have had an after-school special?
my proposal story does actually involve a fuzzy box (for the ring, you pervs!) and Central Park. it does not, however, involve Tavern on the Green or orgasms. instead, we substituted some serious hardcore drinking with friends at a club until 4am, followed by me throwing up everything i had eaten in the previous 20+ years of my life while he passed out on the bed, fully clothed, snoring like a lumberjack. i finally fell asleep on the hotel bathroom floor.