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Fri Oct 4, 2013, 05:31 PM

5 Years....$60,000, and Nothing but "NO"

This is nothing that hasn't been said time and time again. A story of trying to "pull yourself by your own bootstraps" that many people have had to deal with, and have been lectured, for decades.

But I'm sick of listening to lectures and hearing that I haven't tried enough. This is my story. $60k...$60,000... Sixty Thousand Dollars...

That was what I borrowed to try to make my future worth living. That was what it cost to get a piece of paper that says "Bachelor's in the Science of..." Many nights of telling friends that I couldn't go have fun. Many nights of telling dates that I had to cancel going out. Why? Because I was promise a chance of having a better future than what my parents had....I was lied to.

I admit...I made many mistakes in high school. I had to deal with problems and BS that no 16-year-old should ever have to deal with. My father suffered a massive stroke my junior year. I had to drop out to take care of him. I did everything I could to make sure that my family didn't fall apart. I worked, I walked away from dreams, I told people I cared about that I had to ruin their hopes because I made promises....and I never complained about it.

Then I decided that it was time for me to deal with my own promises. I said to myself that I would earn a degree. Because of my history I had very few options. So I took a gamble and made a decision. I accepted a chance to go to an online University. I spent four years sacrificing my friends....relationships...and sleep to make sure that I could learn what was put in front of me.

I earned my degree...I earned that piece of paper that says "You did what we asked you to do...you should have a future." And what have I really gotten? NOTHING!!

For the last two years I've been to dozens of job interviews. I've shown the skills that I've learned...the abilities that I wasn't aware of knowing...the knowledge of things I wasn't aware of in the past...

And it wasn't because I went to a lower "online" place of learning. It was because I went to any place of learning at all. It was because I learned to question what I was told and made my own decision about what I was supposed to believe. And now I've been told that everything I worked for wasn't worth anything.

So now I'm forced to ask...why should I pay that which you tell me I owe...when you won't even stand up for those of us you demand should pay?

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Reply 5 Years....$60,000, and Nothing but "NO" (Original post)
Kalentros Oct 2013 OP
IdaBriggs Oct 2013 #1

Response to Kalentros (Original post)

Sun Oct 6, 2013, 06:56 AM

1. To clarify --


You spent four years at an online college. You have a "good grade" BS, and a bit of a bad attitude. You have been interviewing for two years and can't get an entry level job in your new field.

What is your field? What do you think you are screwing up during interviews? What is your age? Have you sought out help to "practice" interviewing? How good are your "soft" skills - showing up on time, being dependable, getting along with others, communicating clearly, etc.?

Maybe we can help.

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