The bourgeoisie seem to expect that straight after college they’ll be hired into well-paying, $60,000-or-more-a-year jobs, with full benefits and paid holidays. What we find, though, is a large number of kids placing their scholastic endeavors at the bottom of the list, doing nothing but keg stands and watching Jersey Shore for four years until they’re thrown into the real world completely unprepared.
Our financial aid system works out well for the two extremes: Those with absolutely no financial means are able to have their college education paid for largely by federal or state grants, and those with affluent backgrounds are able to pay tuition out-of-pocket.
I’ve always been cynical when I’ve heard my friends’ mothers (with hobbies such as talking on the phone while driving giant SUVs and hiding their secret antidepressant habits from their neighbors in suburbia) smugly brag about supporting breast cancer awareness.
I find myself walking to a lecture at 10 a.m. It’s raining, my sweatpants are soaked and I don’t give a shit about cellular reproduction right now.
I then spend the entire lecture daydreaming about being one of those unemployed moms or girls with drawn-on eyebrows whose “college education” entails sitting in their warm beds taking online quizzes.
College is an institution established with the intention of preparing bright young folks for the future. Here we not only earn our degrees but establish ourselves as productive members of society. A part of doing this lies in establishing and building a good credit score.
We live in an era of constant integration: At any given moment we’re connected to millions of other people—tweeting, liking, clogging up servers with pictures of our meals and showing off to our friends how “white girl wasted” we got last night with lots of folks.
One of Portland State’s main selling points is that it’s an urban campus, in the middle of downtown Portland, to which thousands of people commute every day.
Are you the kind of person who pays $6 for a box of Froot Loops when you can get the same exact product, minus the toucan, for $1.99? If so, you should take the shuttle bus to Portland Community College’s Sylvania campus and enroll in Dr. Jonathon Wolf’s Economics 201 class.
Portland State recently found itself on the receiving end of a $1.6 million lawsuit filed by a former student. The suit claims that the university failed to keep the plaintiff safe from harm. Should PSU be held liable?