A new study from Princeton University concludes Millennials are highly educated but highly unskilled in the modern day.
My dad, who is a general contractor, recently lamented how hard it is to find guys around my age to hire as workers for his construction business. Most want to make a lot of money doing minimal work. Others can’t handle manual labor and refuse to get their hands dirty. As a result, vocational trades lag behind and our economy subsequently suffers. This is a troubling trend in other industries, as well. Many Millennials -regardless of gender – can’t comprehend an honest day’s work. They want instant gratification or a quick buck.
What best explains this? There’s this ridiculous expectation that a college degree will buy one success and happiness. (That’s patently false!) The quality of higher education – depending upon the university one graduates from – varies and is generally mediocre today compared to prior decades. (Sorry to burst anyone’s bubble, but a degree in Feminist/Gender Studies has a poor return on investment (ROI) and isn’t a marketable area of concentration.) With this inherent expectation that everyone must go to college, the higher education bubble is slated to burst. Millennials are graduating with mountains of debt and limited-to-no job prospects in sight. Opportunities to bask in prosperity are becoming increasingly dismal.
Having graduated with a B.A. from a reputable university in California, I can personally say that a college degree essentially is a piece of paper. Admittedly, I had the distinct pleasure of attending UCSD- an opportunity many still kill for today. (I earned my place there; I worked very hard in high school to get in there.) I made some great friends, graduated from a top political science program, learned a lot, and got my start in politics through campus activism there. That is a chapter in my life that I will always cherish. However, if having a college degree weren’t a prerequisite for getting a job today, I may have reconsidered college. Studying political science primarily comprised of theory rather than real-world application. If it weren’t for spending numerous hours volunteering or working part-time jobs/internships centered around conservative politics during college, I wouldn’t be where I am today. If you have a college degree but no work experience, prospective employers will glance over your application and not give any thought to hiring you. Yes, a college degree will set you apart from others – but if you can’t work hard or challenge yourself, the real world will work against you. Employers still care about quality work. If Millennials think waving a college degree in an employer’s’ face will compel them to hire them, they’re wrong.
Can our country have a highly educated populace AND a highly-skilled populace? I’d argue yes. (This is how we historically stood out from the rest of the world!) I’d also like to pose that education is a subjective term. One can be educated in a classroom or on a construction site; on a farm or in a factory; on the battlefield or on a base; in a family business or independent of the government, etc. There are many ways to be educated beyond a classroom!
It’s disheartening a real conversation on choice in education has yet to take place…
Crossposted from Facebook.
I’ve penned a new column up at Counter Cultured today called “Communism is So Not Hot, Paris Hilton.”
Below is an excerpt:
Paris Hilton is partying with Cuban communists? That’s so not hot!
Hilton hotel heiress and celebrity Paris Hilton recently vacationed in Cuba. This comes after the Obama administration announced its intention to bolster diplomatic ties between our two countries, while easing restrictions on travel and exports. Hilton isn’t the only American celebrity to visit Cuba. Singer Beyonce Knowles and rapper husband Jay-Z went to Cuba in April 2013 to commemorate their wedding anniversary.
Most notably, Hilton posted selfies with Fidel Castro Diaz-Balart-son of Cuban dictator Fidel Castro-at a gala event with Naomi Campbell. She also posted, “Posing in front of the original “Habana Hilton Hotel” that my great grandfather Conrad opened here in 1958.” She called communist Cuba “beautiful” and “unique.”
Continue reading at Counter Cultured.
I’ve penned a new blog post up at Counter Cultured today called, “Take Your Valentine Fishing This Year.” Below is an excerpt:
Valentine’s Day is fast approaching. Though love can be celebrated any day of the year, why not make this February 14th especially memorable?
As many couples scramble to plan innovative dates, they shouldn’t feel obligated to watch films like Fifty Shades of Grey. A film that promotes sadism, narcissism, and sexism doesn’t bring couples together. Other activities do.
On that token, I recommend all those celebrating Valentine’s Day go fishing if weather permitted.
Continue reading at Counter Cultured.
I co-authored an article up at Counter Cultured called “‘Unbroken’ Film Channels Respect for Greatest Generation” with my fellow CC blogger Johnny Whichard.
Here’s an excerpt of the article:
The film “Unbroken” is captivating audiences nationwide and abroad. Since its Christmas day release, the film has generated nearly $88 million in ticket sales.
“Unbroken” follows the story of late World War II hero Louis Zamperini, who died last July at age 97. The film is inspired by the namesake bestselling book by Laura Hillenbrand.
The film begins in Torrance, California, where young Louis Zamperini is disinterested in going to church and more interested in causing mischief. Much to the dismay of his Italian immigrant parents, Zamperini sneaks liquor and has run-ins with law enforcement. Though his childhood in Southern California was marked by delinquency, Zamperini would later turn his life around through running. With the loving encouragement of his brother, Zamperini trains into a powerful running machine. After years of persistent effort, Zamperini performs for the United States in the 1936 Olympics in Nazi Germany. While he didn’t receive a gold medal, Zamperini broke a single lap record time and made a shocking comeback after trailing for much of his race.
Continue reading at Counter Cultured.
Hello readers and fellow SHOT Show attendees!
We’re two weeks away from SHOT Show in fabulous Las Vegas, Nevada. Like many of you, I can’t contain my excitement about heading out West for this one-of-a-kind trade show. (It’ll be nice for this California girl to return to the Wild West!) Why is that? I’ll get to see the gun industry at work, network with like-minded Second Amendment supporters, and explore Las Vegas after eight years since my last visit. (Don’t worry–Sin City is quite easy to resist. I’m all about good food, stunning architecture, and beautiful skylines!) Most of all, this will be my very first SHOT Show experience.
For those of you curious as to why I’m attending this conference, it’s to cover the show for Counter Cultured – the cultural conservative blog my sister and I run. (Follow us on Twitter and Facebook!) I’ll be blogging about the latest updates from National Shooting Sports Foundation (NSSF), which hosts the annual event, and plan to chat with some big whigs of the shooting sports/hunting industry. (How awesome is that?)
You can also follow all of my updates from SHOT Show on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram!
Hope to see many of you in two weeks!
As many of you know, I manage a culturally conservative blog with my sister called Counter Cultured. The website specifically caters to Millennials aged 18-29. We launched this endeavor in September 2012. And today, we’ve relaunched the website. Click here to check it out.
Additionally, we’ve extended the deadline for our “Do You Even #2A?” Video Project to January 9th, 2015. If you’re a Millennial who supports gun rights, definitely participate!
Expect more interviews, spicy topics, and hard-hitting commentary from us in 2015!