By Aunjolay Lambert |Staff Writer|
Is the value of college decreasing? A recent study by The Huffington Post found that 53 percent of bachelor degree holders were jobless last year.
As a student with no job, trying to make a career out of a liberal arts education, this is not something I want to hear when I’m one year away from graduation.
This problem is something that presidential candidate Mitt Romney has been speaking about on the campaign trail as well.
Romney said that the high unemployment rate among young college graduates is an indication that the president’s economic policies have failed, according to The Wall Street Journal.
I’m glad Romney sees this is a problem, as it’s bad enough that the government wants to continue to take money from college campuses.
However, Mitt Romney blames Obama for the weak job market, but I blame the government as a whole.
As students, we are the future leaders of this country but students’ hard work and money won’t mean anything if they continue to be unable to find work. The government should be looking out for our best interests so that we can go on to put money back into the economy after we graduate.
“With fees being raised almost every year and being jobless already, I can’t see myself having the bright future I thought I would have,” said student Kelsie Lewis.
A bright future is what I thought I’d have too, but now that graduation is getting closer and closer, I have to prepare myself for the worst. My 12th grade English teacher told the class one day that a bachelor degree won’t mean as much in the future, so it’s imperative to keep advancing your education.
I’ve even heard similar things from college graduates who are still looking for jobs or doing internships for more experience.
“Its not as easy as some people think it is, it took me a year to find a job after I graduated and my job has nothing to do with my major,” said Naomi Mitchell, a college graduate from Clark Atlanta University.
At least Romney seems to realize that it is the president’s responsibility, along with the rest of the government, to make sure there are jobs waiting for us after we graduate.
One of my concerns with this dilemma is the debt that students will acquire while in school. What are students suppose do if the government won’t give us help?
California, Washington, and Arizona lead the nation with raising tuition costs 21 percent higher than other states, according to the LA Times.
With tuition costs rising and no jobs to be found, this could put a dent in the future of all students. Many college advisers are pushing for students to advance their education.
“It’s funny that people tell you to go to college and make something of yourself, but when you graduate there is a possibility that you will be unemployed,” said student Courtnee Allen.
If the government wants us to be productive citizens then they should make sure a college education helps our future.