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1, Jul 2, 2012

Experience of Hardship in Younger Years

Filed under: Life — admin @ 12:28 am

On the first day of my daughter’s arrival in Pittsburgh, PA on 6/30, she found the heat unbearable and was even considering of coming back. There was no air conditioner for summer program on the campus of Carnegie Mellon University.

As she is used to air-conditioned house and has never experienced hardships of any kind in her life, I can perfectly understand how she feels. I let her know it would be up to her to decide what she would do next. I even checked her air ticket back home for the next day.

At home, she has a low threshold for any physical discomfort. I thought it beneficial for young people to experience some hardship while they are young in order to prepare for any unexpected ones after they grow up.

There is a phrase in Chinese, chi-ku, which literally means eat bitterness, and which means “experience hardship.” As I see it, young people nowadays are well-provided, sheltered from any hardships, which is a good thing but like a plant growing up in a greenhouse, they are too tender to stand any possible tough life ahead, which is worrisome to me.

1, Jul 1, 2012

More college graduates have debt than have jobs

Filed under: Economy — admin @ 12:32 am

I heard this news on NPR on 5/10 about college graduates struggling to gain financial footing. To be sure, it is not a cheerful situation for many of them and its long-term impact is rather depressing.

First of all, “A new Rutgers University survey of those who graduated from college between 2006 and 2011 finds that just half of those grads are working full time.”

Second, the sad part is, as Cliff Zukin said, “More come out with debt than come out with jobs,” NPR interviewed Caitlin LaCour who graduated from Columbia College in Chicago in 2011. She earns just $10 an hour, which was far from enough to take care of her $100,000 student loan debt. So she had to take on a second part-time job at a shoe store, and then a third… She said “I got addicted to working. I just burned myself out, because I didn’t want to have to worry about not being able to pay my loans.”

Third, your college major plays a role. “An engineering grad from a top school, for example, can job-hop and get back to a higher earning level in three or four years, von Wachter says. But ‘students who come from smaller, less-well-known schools and have majors such as humanities or arts — they tend to have depressed career paths lasting for a very long time.'”

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