After studying nearly a decade of transcripts at one college, Kevin Rask, a professor at Wake Forest University, concluded last year that the grades in the introductory math and science classes were among the lowest on campus. The chemistry department gave the lowest grades over all, averaging 2.78 out of 4, followed by mathematics at 2.90. Education, language and English courses had the highest averages, ranging from 3.33 to 3.36.
Ben Ost, a doctoral student at Cornell, found in a similar study that STEM students are both “pulled away” by high grades in their courses in other fields and “pushed out” by lower grades in their majors.
And from the comments comes this gem: “Of course, the joke’s on the folks who find themselves flipping burgers with their high GPA.”
“Adulthood is a taller order these days,” Brent Donnellan, a professor at Michigan State University who studies the transition to adulthood, tells me. “When we look at surveys at what this generation values, they want a lot.”
–“Are Twentysomethings Expecting Too Much?: Hannah Seligson (www.washingtonian.com)
The petulant children who are OWS and those who want to work for “non-profits” remind me of the high schoolers I worked with. They all had dreams of working at “McDonalds” or dealing drugs. Well things had a habit of not working out. As the easy A seekers are finding out, reality is ensuing. The tech jobs went to India because American kids would rather have fun then work.
By pricing themselves out of the market (by seeking higher wages and benefits for fewer hours) and by having no real marketable skills, they have driven the jobs elsewhere.
“When Rome went out and hired mercenary soldiers, Rome fell.” President Dwight Eisenhower
Thanks to the housing bubble and the current recession, there are no jobs and no money. Once again, for the humanities crowd: there. are. no. jobs. The “man” is not hiding the stash and taxing and cutting will not magically producing more money.
So in Austerity America skills in the STEM fields (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) are worth a hell of a lot more than the fluff electives. Sure you can boost your GPA by taking “Buffy Studies” or somesuch. But remember kids, those loans (and their repayment) are serious business.
Between foreign labor and automation, factory jobs are going away. A college degree is not some magic ticket to a big paycheck. I worked for a non-profit. I make more now in the Army than I ever could in that non-profit. Most bachelor’s and masters in Psyche make about 7-8 dollars an hour until management positions open up. Most non-profits are on shoestring budgets.
The real jobs require hard work. You may have to wear a uniform and cover up that wicked tat you got on spring break. Yeah, growing up sucks and can crush your spirit. That’s why it’s work and not play. It does get better with time, but before you can enjoy life you have to get past the crappy stage.
Think of you 20’s as if you were a starting character, a noob, a rookie. Because you are. With no experience beyond school and the debt from that schooling, you’re a risk. If an employer sees you as not worth it, no job for you. If you have the skills and have made a dent on that debt then they can take a chance. Of course now you have a job. Where you have to get up at 5, 6 or 7 in the morning. Maybe even work on weekends (gasp!). Life is gonna suck in the STEM fields, or the finance sector. Or in any 9-to-5 job. But it gets better. Soon you adapt and overcome. You can then look back on the suck knowing you survived.
Get a real job and invest part of that paycheck. Because that’s what an adult does.
Leave the humanities to the easy-a crowd. Someone has to serve you that latte.