Some people say that we can’t afford to help our kids through school by keeping student loan interest rates low. But right now, as I speak, the federal government offers far lower interest rates on loans, every single day–they just don’t do it for everyone. Right now, a big bank can get a loan through the Federal Reserve discount window at a rate of about 0.75%. But this summer a student who is trying to get a loan to go to college will pay almost 7%. In other words, the federal government is going to charge students interest rates that are nine times higher than the rates for the biggest banks–the same banks that destroyed millions of jobs and nearly broke this economy. That isn’t right. And that is why I’m introducing legislation today to give students the same deal that we give to the big banks.
Let’s Calm Down About Love, We’re Only In Our 20s
I recently heard a woman — a woman I adore, respect, and admire deeply — tell me that she was embarrassed about being “her age” and still single. Her age is 27. Her “still” consists of the past 11 months in which she hasn’t had a steady boyfriend, even though she’s gone on a few dates here and there to varying degrees of disappointment. To be fair, she is what one might describe as a “serial monogamist” by nature, and thus takes the reality of not being partnered up while an increasing number of her friends are getting engaged harder than most. Still, there was something vaguely silly about the whole thing, like that episode of Sex and the City where Carrie was accidentally left alone on her 35th birthday party and has to hear that tone-deaf young woman blowing out her candles with a resounding, “25! Fuck, I’m old!”
When you remember how you made most of your friends in grad school.
I have summer reading for grad school.
I dunno if you should consider it grad school if you get the summer off…but I guess that’s a science bias.
To clarify, I am starting a year-round graduate program this fall. They gave me summer reading to have completed before I start in August. Trust me, I really wouldn’t consider it grad school either if I had the summer off. Although, it would still be awesome.
At the end of the first year in your program
I have summer reading for grad school.
For the people that will be following my blog sooner rather than later: 13 Ways to Deal With Graduating College
Dear Recent Graduate of the University of I-Wish-I-Could-Go-Back,
You’re FREAKING out — or maybe you’re not because you are off to some grad/law/certificate/school and if so, you’re not freaking out yet.
But you’re freaking out because you don’t know what to expect. For the last 20 years of your life, since your mommy dragged your diapered baby powered butt to Mommy-and-Me, you have been told what to do, where to go, and for how long. You probably even spent the last four years getting prepared for the “real world” by going to college to learn the inside outs of some textbook major juxtaposed with learning the exotic taste of mixed drinks at a grungy bar and the detailed anatomy of you-know-who.
And now you’re here. Living back at home in your childhood twin sized bed, terribly wall papered room, suffocated by boxes of memories and nags from your mom like, “So, did you decide what you want to do with your life today?” on repeat.
Welcome to purgatory.
What I’ve spent most of my 20’s trying to hold onto
Remember that little shit who said people who work at Taco Bell are high school dropouts who want handouts from the government? Yeahhhh.
The 10 Things They Don’t Tell You At Graduation
10. The real world is like nothing you ever expected
Throughout your time in college, you have most likely been trapped in a one-dimensional type of thinking. If you attended any university, preparation for the real world was likely never a part of your curriculum. School creates an illusion in your mind that suggests that things will be easy because you are college educated. That is complete bullshit. Life only gets harder from here, and there will be times it completely breaks you. You are most likely not ready for the real world due to a complete lack of preparation and experience. Get ready for a rude awakening.
9. A bachelor’s degree means nothing
A recent statistic from the Associated Press stated that the unemployment rate among bachelor degree graduates was at 53% in 2011. That’s almost the highest it has ever been. That means at your graduation half of the students will be unemployed. Not only is the job market extremely competitive regarding credentials, but also jobs are scarce due to the ongoing recession. This statistic just goes to show how useless a bachelor’s degree can be, depending on how you utilize your time. Of course, the average college GPA is only around a 3.0, and if you’re in that boat, you likely did not put forth much effort to differentiate yourself from your peers. Getting a job won’t be as easy as you thought.
WHEN AN INTERVIEWER ASKS ME WHAT MY HOBBIES ARE