Entitlement Society: Grad Can't Find Job, Sues Her College For Tuition Back

from the entitlement-culture-gone-wrong dept

We've been talking a lot about "entitlement culture" these days, with much of the focus being on companies or individuals who feel entitled to keep their old business models, even as the market is changing. But entitlement society shows up in other places as well. Jeff Nolan points us to the story of a college graduate who has been unable to find a job since she graduated in April and is now suing her college, Monroe College, for the $70,000 she spent on tuition. Apparently, the fact that we're in one of the worst economic downturns in ages doesn't come into play. Or the fact that what you learn in college (hopefully) lasts a lifetime. To this woman, the fact that she hasn't been able to find a job in four months means she deserves her entire tuition back?

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    Aaron Martin-Colby (profile), 3 Aug 2009 @ 11:09am

    Give her a chance

    I actually disagree with the criticisms of the woman. I don't know much about it, yet, but I'll give her the benefit of the doubt.

    To me, this particular case isn't necessarily about entitlement culture. I think it's about the business agreement many people make with their chosen university. Yes, what you learn in college will be with you for your entire life, but most people don't go in for such philosophical reasons. They go in to get a good job.

    And universities advertise the hell out of that. Why go to Harvard? Why go to Brown? I've gone to both the Community College of Rhode Island and Brown. University of Rhode Island and Rhode Island college. My best experiences? The community college.

    You pay a premium for the connections the prestigious university gives you. Those universities use those connections as selling points to explain their comical tuition fees. If they fail at giving you value, they are not holding up their end of the "contract."

    So she may truly be a self-entitled idiot, but it's not necessary that she is.

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