“They are unreliable and untrustworthy,” she told me.
“What!?” I thought. “Are they drug addicts or human traffickers? Are they embezzlers!? What’s going on?”
I invited the girl to direct message me on Twitter so I could get a fuller picture. I learned that her parents were against a rather harebrained idea she had to study what she vaguely described as “media” overseas — so they were refusing to fund it. (They are perfectly within their rights to do this.)
When I asked the girl why it was so important that she carry out this plan to study “media” overseas, she came out with this whopping piece of logic:
“It’s been my dream since forever to do so.”
My reply to her looked like this:
“I understand about dreams, but when it comes to college and career we need to get extremely practical. What you need is the shortest, fastest, least expensive route to get to a career that will support you financially. When you get to your career goal and you’re working and earning your own money, then you can get started on fulfilling your dreams. Then you can fall in love and travel the world and do whatever you want. College is not the time to fulfill your dreams. College is the time to get busy get practical get it done and get out. Can you tell me what your career goal is? What do you think you’ll be doing when you are finished with studying “media” overseas?”
Parents, tell your kids the truth: college is not actually about following passion and dreams.
College is about qualifying oneself to do a job that will earn money in the real world.
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