We asked the CL Summer Interns to come up with interesting factoids about their universities. Here’s what they unearthed (or decided to brag about).
Florida State University (Amy Daire)
• FSU has one of only two collegiate circuses in the country.
• Leon County, where FSU is located, has an STD rate three times Florida’s state average.
• We won last year’s BCS National Championship and our quarterback won the Heisman. You probably knew that, but I never miss an opportunity to rub it in.
Jackie Braje and her mother, Allison Williams, this past Easter.
Jackie Braje on Allison Williams
“Being a young mom, I had to grow up much, much faster. My circle of friends got a lot smaller, I stopped being so irresponsible, and it pushed me back into college.” My mom, Allison Williams, was only 19 when she became an adult. From escaping the trials of post-high school life to working on a cruise ship, from becoming a travel agent for minimum wage to working her way up in a hospital and eventually helping to start a family flooring business, she understood early on that “growing up” meant a lot more than internships and learning to balance a checkbook. It meant kindness, selflessness and impeccable grace under pressure. It meant not only adjusting to a drastic life change, but also loving and embracing it with full force.
Bliss fills your heart as you throw your graduation cap in the air. Four long years of all-nighters, tough professors, and copious amounts of caffeinated beverages to keep you awake in class are finally coming to an end.
But wait. As your graduation cap falls back into your hands, you see that it has morphed into something entirely different: stacks of resumes, job applications and newspaper classifieds marked up in red.
The past few graduating classes have faced a dismal job market — so grim that the Classes of 2015 and 2016 are concerned about finding any jobs at all.
However, data shows that things seem to be getting better.
By Mario Baez
on Thu, Jul 31, 2014 at 1:29 AM
CL intern Mario Baez.
I remember graduating high school and seeing college as an extension of school. After being freed and tossed right back into the system, I thought, why not? I knew it was the right thing to do for myself at the time; I wasn’t necessarily ready to grow up, have a job, and pay bills just yet. So there I was, like many others, beginning college with a loan, hoping for the best possible outcome.
I didn’t know much at the time (and I still don’t) but I kept thinking to myself: Will this all be worth it in the end?
The power of knowledge is a great thing, but at what cost? We have libraries, bookstores, and Amazon providing free access to information, yet we pay a ridiculous amount for an education. So studying doesn’t mean anything unless you acquire a degree?
How much better off would the world be if education weren’t as controlled by capital as it is today? Online resources like Coursera offer free courses with the help of major universities. Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz recommends the College Achievement Plan, which helps employees by supporting their education costs. It seems like a plan to better fit today’s student. The cost of learning has skyrocketed to such a degree that bright young students are being shut out of obtaining a proper education. Look, I wouldn’t mind paying for school straight out of pocket, but the fees as they stand now are much too high. The ideal would be to make enough money from a part-time job to afford the classes, or to have a loan manageable enough that it wouldn’t take 10 years to pay it off.
The reality is that everything is expensive these days, and that to be successful you don’t necessarily need a college education; many famous people have done well without it. It’s all up to the individual. School can be worth it, but you must make it worth something.
What’s it worth to you?
Mario Baez is an English major at the University of South Florida. His main focus is on creative writing and he hopes to make stories come to life through his imagination. Risen from the Rocky River, he wields his red beard of courage and continues to live life through foolishness. He loves to laugh (especially at others people’s expense). When he isn’t harassed by school or job or other responsibilities, he enjoys playing basketball, watching films/TV shows, and family getaways. HiiiPower.
By Amy Daire
on Thu, Jul 31, 2014 at 1:25 AM
CL intern Amy Daire.
My monetary role model, aka my mother, Barbara Daire, told me that she knew she was officially grown up when she started paying for all her own stuff and learning how to use money. I quickly realized that if that’s what it took to be a grownup, I’d be a kid forever.
I suspect there are thousands of students like me who know absolutely nothing about money or how to manage it. So I asked my mother and other money-savvy baby boomers how to save money and think green. Although half of their advice flew right over my head (like, what is a 401K and how do I do this investment thing everyone is talking about?), I was able to pick up a few great tips:
By Cody Smith
on Thu, Jul 31, 2014 at 1:20 AM
CL intern Cody Smith.
“Go to school!” your parents command. You go to college, make friends, join some clubs, and have a kick-ass time. You then graduate, expecting employers to flock to you with jobs that pay six figures. But reality kicks you in the face. You’re 25, living in an apartment and repeatedly declining your friends’ offers to go out to eat; you simply can’t afford it. “Get a house! Have a family!” your parents tell you. Every paycheck falls apart before your eyes as bits and pieces go toward paying back your loans, your rent, phone bill, medical insurance, and more. Was college some practical joke? Was it even worth it?
Schools, teachers, parents, and society all deem college an essential rite of passage for teenagers and young adults. Unfortunately, college can come at a hefty price. Unlike higher-education institutions in many European countries, where student costs are often government-subsidized, colleges in the United States require students to pay for pretty much everything (primarily in the form of tuition and fees). Since most students and their families can’t cough up $20,000 a year (and that’s only for public in-state school!), many students take out loans either through the government or through private lenders to help pay for their education. That’s where things get messy.