What Occupy Wall Street Means For Students
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You have probably already heard of Occupy Wall Street, the New York City protest that is quickly spreading all across the country. While the group has no specific demands, it is comprised of individuals pleading for change; in the financial system, job market, political process, environment, etc. The interesting thing about the group, however, is that one of the primary topics of discussion among the protestors is student debt, and the lack of available jobs for recent graduates.
A blog called We Are The 99 Percent is comprised of photos of lists from people all over the country. These lists detail the countless frustrations brought on by the economy, capitalism, and the like. Interestingly enough, almost every list says something about student debt, and the hopelessness that surrounds it.
This led to quite a bit of contemplation on my part. As a current college student (hopefully) set to graduate this spring, it can be quite disheartening to hear of so many college graduates unable to find jobs in their chosen fields. The fact of the matter is, college is really expensive, and like most students, I’m banking on the fact that my degree will provide the opportunity to be financially successful; not rich, just comfortable. Like most of us, I’ve been promised my entire life that a college education is the “right choice,” and even the “only choice.”
How terrible of a realization it must be, then, to graduate college and not be able to find a job. It seems that this scenario is one of the primary forces behind Occupy Wall Street. Essentially people are saying, “Look, I upheld my end of the bargain, Uncle Sam, so why am I still working at Taco Bell?”
I guess the point of this post is this: If you are a current (or soon to be) college student, take a closer look at the Occupy Wall Street movement. I’m not saying to support it, but many of people in it are focused on the problems with American higher education, problems which easily could affect you as well.