Students should not sue colleges for lack of employment
After spending over $65,000 on tuition and four years in college, one would think that Trina Thompson would be smart enough to figure out that America is experiencing a recession, which means she isn’t guaranteed a job right after graduation. Unfortunately, that does not seem to be the case.
According to a recent article from the New York Post, Thompson graduated from Monroe College in April with a degree in information technology. After graduation, she filed a lawsuit against Monroe College in Bronx Supreme Court because she had yet to find employment.
Even if we weren’t in a recession, 100 percent of college graduates do not get jobs right after school. Is this news to anyone? Aside from simply pointing out that Thompson seems to lack common sense, this move to sue her alma mater is another example of a case with no merit taking up space in civil courts’ dockets.
I used to want to be an attorney, to defend liberty, justice, the pursuit of property, and all that jazz; but the pursuit of funds willingly paid to an institution in return for an education, which Thompson received, qualifies as a waste of time.
Finding a job after college is a lot more intensive than sitting around and waiting to get hired. I wonder what could drive a college student to give up the job hunt and instead invest whatever monies she has left into attacking the justice system.
What does this accomplish? Winning this lawsuit — a far from likely outcome — may give her enough money to pay back loans and legal fees, but she’ll still be unemployed. More than likely, her case will be dismissed, or dropped, or whatever the proper legal term is for not getting any attention; she will be in even greater debt from all the legal fees; her family will be embarrassed and made fun of in grocery stores and at doctors’ offices; and she will have an even harder time finding a company to hire her after they discover she was that college graduate who sued her school and failed.
This case is right up there with the poor, misguided fools who are ignorant enough to put their business out on daytime television and show their faces on Judge Alex: “So you’re saying you stole his car, but you are suing him for not putting in enough gas for you to drive across the country, in his car?” “Yes, your honor.”
In Thompson’s defense, I can understand her frustration and desperate need to form a course of action, follow through, and see results.
I’ve met plenty of college graduates who, even before our economy began to decline, were struggling to get hired and start their careers.
People from art and design backgrounds to people holding master’s degrees in satellite communications; all jobless, or at least not hired in a position that relates to the subject that they studied for years (getting hired to work as a truck loader for FedEx at 3 a.m. every morning is not the career most architecture majors see themselves having after graduation).
Personally, I would have been a little angry, even bitter, had I spent so much time, energy, and money in college (at Carnegie Mellon, no less!) and was not able to find a job.
But then I would watch an episode of House or TrueBlood, have a few laughs, and then really sit and think about why I am unemployed, because at the end of the day, it is me who is unemployed. Not Carnegie Mellon, or Monroe College. Me.
I would ask myself if I went through every possible channel I had available to me to find a job. Did I utilize the career center? Did I post my résumé online for companies to see? Did I make a typo in my cover letter? Am I applying to the wrong companies? Are they searching for me on Google and finding an incriminating Facebook photo?
I really want to ask Thompson these questions and see if she exhausted all her resources. My guess is, the answer is no. Well, let me not make assumptions. Maybe she really searched and tried her hardest but still couldn’t get a job. At that point, I would’ve told her to go back home. Go live with mom. Go work at Forever 21.
Honestly, a job is a job, and some income is better than no income. But what if Forever 21 isn’t hiring?
Well, then, maybe that’s the point when she should consider going back to school. But what if she couldn’t afford it?
Well. Then. Maybe she should pick up a hobby and keep up the job search. Because, in all honesty, until you find a job, the hunt does not stop.
It is within our genetic code to hunt until we are satisfied, until our needs our met and we are content with our environment.
Now, is filing a lawsuit against my college part of our genetically coded hunt for satisfaction?
No. That is called a random mutation, of which natural selection will hopefully rid the world.