A college degree today is what a high school diploma was in the 1950s. Having one is like having the secret password to open the golden door of opportunity. It’s no surprise that the costs of higher education have steadily risen over the past several decades and continue to do so. While parents bear some of the burden for their children’s education debt, they aren’t the only ones struggling. 77% of former college students1 with education debt wish they had planned better for repaying their student loans.
All of a sudden, you’re walking away with a piece of paper in your hand saying that you’re now qualified to head out into the working world. I know I speak for all college graduates when I say, “Where on Earth did the time go?!” What a milestone. While graduation has become a time for well-deserved celebration, it ultimately comes down to a time for reflection and thinking ahead. The ever looming question, “What am I going to do with my life?” haunted me every day, even before senior year began. As a planner, the uncertainty of the future was terrifying because as we all know, a college degree doesn’t guarantee a job offer anymore – it now only seems to serve as a jumping off point. (more…)
I now appreciate what mother birds must feel when their babies take their first flight. It is a long way down when they leap out of that nest and for mother bird it’s the most stressful moment waiting to see if they take flight or plummet to the ground.
That is exactly how I felt the day we took our daughter to college and dropped her off.