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Everyone knows the saying “give someone an inch and they’ll take a mile.” That saying very much applies to colleges in today’s day and age, except it’s more along the lines of you’ve given them a mile and they are still asking for inches. Even after you’ve graduated and paid paid tens of thousands in tuition every year, these bastards still have the gall to reach out to you every so often asking for donations.
A quick Google search has yielded the following figures for the average tuition cost for the 2016-2017 school year:
Private Schools: $33,480/yr
State School (Out-of-State resident): $24,930
State School (In-State resident): $9,650/yr
Just in tuition alone, not covering loans you may take out to cover the cost of living, you could be looking at close to $40k worth of debt for your education, on average. My alma mater is very much so on the expensive side when comparing it to the national average, and it’s a fucking state school. I’m not saying the quality of education was bad, but I’m not saying it was worth as much as they charge for it either. This, coupled with the fact that they let just about any knucklehead through admissions just to milk them for all they are worth, leads me to believe these greedy bastards should be absolutely rolling in it.
Apparently, the idiots running the place can’t survive off the exorbitant tuition rates they charge the students because every couple of months or so I’ll get something in the mail or my inbox with a message similar to the following:
Our fiscal year ends on June 30, 2017. Our records show that you have not yet given to our
president’s retirement fundus in this fiscal year… but there’s still time to participate!
Participate in what exactly? Enabling poor budgeting habits and crowdsourcing new equipment for the football and hockey teams while the labs I spent hours in, STUDYING and LEARNING, have equipment that outdates me by a decade? If I was going to donate money to the school, I’d cut out the middleman and put it directly in the pockets of the administrators who, despite a “financial crisis” in the school system, are getting $40,000 raises this year. I’m all set, thanks.
On top of mismanaging what is already given to them, they have the audacity to ask ME? I graduated 4 years ago. I’m still paying off student debt that was accrued during my time at the establishment. Why on God’s green earth would I even entertain the thought of giving them more of my money? The jobs I’ve gotten were a result of connections that I made and efforts I took to explore opportunities out there. A degree is a degree, and I could have walked across the stage and gotten my piece of paper at thousands of other schools. The stock they take of themselves is astonishingly bloated.
Don’t get me wrong, I enjoyed my time at the school. I also enjoy going back to see people for homecoming to relive the glory days through drunken tales over a grilled burger and cheap beer. But if I am going to donate my hard-earned money to something, it will be to a worthier cause. It will be to something that helps support families impacted by ALS or an organization that grants wishes to children affected by life-threatening medical conditions.
To the bold son of a bitch trying to get money on behalf of the school: Don’t think for a second that reaching out to me will result in a sudden influx of funds. There is only so much to go around and you are last the list..