It’s a question that’s been on the minds of Americans across the country ever since Romney-pest, Rick Santorum, bravely chastised President Obama over his insistence that everyone go to a 4-year school. (A quick Google search disproves Santorum’s wording of the President’s position. But it’s still brave-ish).
On one of those Fox News shows with an anchor you don’t really know, Kai Falkenberg – Forbes Editorial Counsel, argued college is not worth the investment, saying “Look, it’s only good if you’re trying to improve your alcohol tolerance.” Good point. Clearly higher education has failed her. I mean, who wants to earn a lawyer’s salary these days, am I right!? “If you’re trying to get a good investment on your return, it’s not for you.”
Forbes contributor, Rick Ungar, disagrees. “I can’t believe we have reached a time where we are talking about a college education based on return of investment. Folks, it’s not all about money.” The student loans eating away at my bank account beg to differ. But this ultimately gives me a brilliant idea.
If going to college isn’t about money for the student, then it shouldn’t be for the university. As of now, colleges invest in a student by letting them take classes and study at their institution, expecting a return by way of student loan payments and a never-ending pile of letters asking for more money. And let us not forget about the phone calls alumni receive from those poor undergrads who are working a crappy job to pay off their current college experience.
“Hi, Mr. Baur! You recently graduated and appear to live off a political comedy show and website. How’s that workin’ out for ya? Now please write us a check, because you sometimes still laugh at that time you drunkenly pulled an entertainment center onto yourself and didn’t suffer a scratch!”
Both Falkenberg and Ungar have a point. Yes, college increased my alcohol tolerance greatly. One might even say my ability to consume alcohol is greater than my ability to earn enough money to manage this crippling disease. But Ungar is ultimately right. It’s not always about the money. I would simply ask the rest of the world follow suit and stop asking me to pay for things. Because it’s not about getting a return on your investment, K&D apartment management company. It’s about the joy you feel knowing I’m living comfortably in one of your units.
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