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So the end of quantitative easing will screw the students even harder

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V. Arnold's picture
Submitted by V. Arnold on

...in the U.S. is it possible to get a genuine (not fucking real) education? Of the Socratic nature?
You know (or not), the humanities; foreign languages, arts, philosophy, comparative religions, literature (both English and foreign), and creative writing; to name a few.
Most of these used to be a prerequisite for a bachelor's degree...
And a cursory look indicates that's still a requirement; I don't believe it.
The degreed morons I've worked with over the many years puts a lie to that.
Never mind...
Broken is broken...

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Submitted by mellon on

Kind of like getting a degree in "Egyptology" or something like that.

People from non-independently wealthy families would be well advised to study some kind of engineering or some other solid, practical field.

There are always jobs for people with certain kinds of engineering skills. But the trendy ones, not so much. For example architects are a dime a dozen right now.

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Submitted by katiebird on

Is it enough to cover (in order of legal requirements) the cost of repaying student-loans-plus-interest, medical insurance (care, Ha!!), housing, food, transportation, clothing?

Isn't there something about compound interest that is almost magical.... I mean students who are saddled with these incredible loans (and who decided 18/19/20 year olds could take responsibility for mega-loans?) can't actually pay them back, can they? It seems to me, they'd be lucky pay the interest.

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Submitted by mellon on

But generally, the skills bar to employment is going up very rapidly.

Which means its much harder to get a job without experience.

People have to pick a field that they really like thats also in demand, and remunerative, ,(because otherwise they wont be able to stand putting in the time to get really good at it no matter how much they want to)

The "also in demand" (in seven or eight years) part is a tough call for people who don't already know an area.

Oh, and people should be ready to spend eight years not four, because the entry level degree in a lot of fields now is PhD or if its really technical, MS.

Either that or become really good at something yourself, and start your own new industry which means inventing it, and then teaching it to yourself and then creating a new kind of job for which you are perfectly qualified

Good luck!.