For those of you who know me, you know that politics is more than just an interest for me, it borders on obnoxious obsession. I spend the majority of my time reading newspapers, watching commentary, and reading most anything related to politics.
That being said, I am well aware of the problems and issues we face over the next generation.
Our political system is not only broken, it is rotten to the core. The generation in charge today, the baby boomers, believe it will be up to our generation to fix the problems we face over the next century, which leads me to the heart of this week’s article: Are we up to the challenge?
As our country continues to spiral out of control, we have seen drastic increases in tuition, gas and other services we rely on every day.
Some of our parents have had to pick up second or third jobs to provide for our families while more and more students have to work long hours every week in order to afford school.
I know plenty of students out there who have to work twenty hours a week just to continue to afford to stay in school and know that they are worried about the path we are heading in, but for every student I know who is
worried I find at least two more who are either unaware or don’t care.
Now I know having fun and learning life experiences are integral to the college process and I do agree that they are important, but where is the line?
As students are trying to emulate the lives depicted in Katy Perry’s “Friday Night” or their favorite “Jersey Shore” character, our country’s situation is getting worse.
As I stated earlier having fun is important and life would be pretty boring without it otherwise, but I know too many students who are here “just to have a good time.”
Either they or their parents are spending an obscene amount of money for them to skip class so they can “day drink” or sleep off the night before, and for what purpose?
Unfortunately over my years here I have run into too many of these students and although most have not been able to continue that lifestyle and stay in school, as our situation continues to get worse, should having a good time trump getting an education?
The facts are staggering: 20 to 30% of college-age students remain unemployed after graduation and the problem is only getting worse.
If we don’t get an education and focus on what is going to best help us in the future are we going to be able to compete?
An essential part of college is having fun, but a balance must be found between work and play, just as we will be forced to do once we graduate and enter the world.
Fellow students, we have a choice to make: are we going to be the generation that saves the rest and prepares us for the future or are we going to “party while Rome burns?” I, for one, still have hope that the former is true.
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