Re: A Realistic View at 2013: Part II
posted at 4/8/2013 3:10 AM EDT
In response to RedsoxProspects' comment:
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You forgot his tatoos, comic books, and wardrobe of Red Sox sweatshirts and uniforms. I always wanted to go to a Sox game in full RS uniform with a play station 3 in one hand and a yo-yo in the other and a bag of video games.
It is sad what is happening to the youth of today. I wish there were more jobs available, so they could become productive citizens. Then again , maybe the jobs are available, but it is much more fun to just while away the hours playing games. As long as your parents will support you.
Jobs ARE available for people who have majors tougher than basket weaving or personal hygiene.
I'm fortunate to have all of my kids employed or in college but I see a ton of young people who can't get full time jobs or jobs paying over $9 per hour. The average Walmart worker makes something like $8.67 per hour ( I'm quoting from memory...it may not be exactly that number ). One son is a Genetics major and to even have a realistic career in that field you have to maintain a GPA over 3.5. Lots of kids start out trying to be a doctor or something similar and they end up being a carpenter. You of all people should know how hard it is to pull that off Amp. Being a Pharmacist is difficult. A lot of kids don't cut it even why they do try.
I'm blessed with smart, hard working kids but all my kids played a ton of videogames also. I think more kids fail mainly because they couldn't afford to go to a good school and had to go the junior college route and work part time. We have had lots of employees who haven't graduated from college until they are 26-28 years old. And are deeply in debt when they do. It is a heck of a lot easier when mom and dad could put them through private school and help pay for their college. Amp, when you and I went to college we could get out of college with car loan type debt, even with zero help from our parents. Now it is over $100,000 or more for some kids. Kids today get the shaft. They really do.
I do agree that it is so important to pick a STEM type major ( Math / Science / Engineering ...etc ) as you might as well not bother with so many other majors. The job market is that tough now.
Thanks for the info. I guess I'm just a fossil.
I sincerely wish your family well.
The pharmacy interns I talk to now, tell me that you'll need a minimum GPA around 3.5 to get in. Then, the pressure is on just to pass...then, of course, the national board. I know some people who have taken it three times. The pressure is incredible. When I went, we had a dropout rate of about 60%.
I just feel fortunate to have gone when I did, get through, and pass while working about 30hrs per week and living on about 3-4hrs of sleep a night.
I didn't totally pay my own way. My parents helped, but every penny I made contributed to tuition, books etc. It was routine to check out Goodwill and Salvation Army stores for clothes, shoes etc.
I don't know what the solution is, Boom. I know you probably think it's connected to politics, but I'm not sure that's the answer either.
Although I believe in the military, do we have to be everywhere? Maybe the money saved could help students like your son. Of course, they all couldn't be psych or sociology majors...:)