Well, Frank Bruni punted and wasted his soapbox at the NY Times op-ed page this weekend. In the midst of pablum about thinking twice about your choice of college, he wrote:
And treat your undergraduate education as a rare license, before you’re confined by the burdens of full-fledged adulthood and before the costs of experimentation rise, to be tugged outside your comfort zone.
Before the costs of experimentation rise? Hello! College tuition with room and board is often MORE than many people make in a year. So you can take a year off from your job to experiment at basketweaving and forgo less in income than it would cost to experiment officially at a school. That’s right. Doing nothing later in life is often cheaper than “experimenting” at college.
So go ahead. Encourage the kids to keep dropping those nickels in the college juke box. Who cares if they need to drop $250,000 in nickels to experiment.
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