Halloween seems like the perfect time to post about the college selection process and the aftermath of the decision. High school seniors are busy completing their final applications and soon they will know where they will spend the next four years of their lives. Let me rephrase, hopefully spend the next four years of their lives.
I recently came across two articles that captured my attention. The first is about a college senior that ran out of money to pay her final year. The second is about a recent college graduate that works at Google and lives in the Google parking lot in his truck in order to pay off his student loans. I find the extremes in attitude to be significant.
One accepts personal responsibility and will do whatever it takes to achieve his goal while the other seems caught between a feeling of entitlement and victimhood. It is always instructive to look at extremes when making what is now arguably the most expensive decision of your life.