The pictures today are from my sophomore year of college.
A high school aged friend of mine sent me a message this week after reading my post on Wednesday. He said that he enjoyed reading the post, that it helped him with the frustration he's been feeling about college lately. I know the feeling. I'm frustrated about college and so are most of the teenagers I know. We carry 1,200,000,000,000 dollars of student debt in America, and our teenagers know it. They know it, and they are asking questions. Are colleges using that trillion dollars to develop students into thoughtful, compassionate citizens? Are they enabling us to do the difficult technical work of the modern world? Are they even enabling us to earn a living? In too many cases, it seems, the answers are no, no, and no. Many schools provide a high quality education at a reasonable price. And for some students, going to a four year college right after high school is absolutely the right choice. When it's not the right choice, though, I hope that we can support our young people who choose an alternate path for personal and professional development. If you or a loved one is on the cusp of making decisions about life after high school, I wish you peace and wisdom and courage.