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Tag: College Education
  • Statist Indoctrination at the University of Scranton

    This week, I started my senior year at the University of Scranton. I work very hard in all of my classes, and appreciate being valued based on my work ethic, not my personal and political beliefs. Unfortunately, this has not always been the case. While my grades have yet to suffer from a teacher’s dislike of …

  • Student Loan Interest Rates too High?!

    Federally subsidized student loan interest rates doubled July 1 from 3.4% to 6.8%. The knee-jerk reaction to this from the public and particularly those whose core beliefs rest on the foundation of federal subsidies is to decry this as unfair and criticize the lack of action in preventing the rate increase. Further analysis, however, paints a …

  • Help Students by Ending Student Loan subsidies

    It’s not uncommon to see articles (such as this one from the NY Times) that lament the fact that higher education is becoming less affordable while, at the same time complaining of the plummeting value of a college degree. The familiar refrain for these commentators is that the solution is more loans. In fact, the …

  • Prof. Marx is Still Teaching at Your University

    I once had a conservative professor who told me that Marxism is practically dead in the modern university. After all, the collapse of the Soviet Union proved once and for all the futility of the communist system, disproving decades of Marxist thought once propagated in the universities of our parents and grandparents. Unfortunately, Marx’s theories …

  • Student loans: A smart investment?

    With public attention newly fixated on the debt burden of American college graduates, the contribution of the federal government to that debt should also be analyzed. Rather than asking Washington to simply forgive their student loans, disgruntled protesters should be questioning the logic of the entire college financing system. We often hear that without the …

  • Confessions of a College Libertarian: Part I

    Being a college student and a libertarian are two difficult identities to hold at the same time, specifically because my professors are almost all admittedly socialist.  It wouldn’t bother me if the university had a more open attitude toward varying ideas, but often times professors are the “shut-down” type.  By this I mean that they …

  • The Decision: Is college worth it?

    During the summer I work as a camp counselor, specifically with K-1st graders.  As I was meeting the family of one my young campers, the dad asked me where I attended college.  I told him Drake University and he then looked at his children and said, “See, we’re always thinking about college.  It’s so important.”  …

  • 10 Tips for College Students

    Here are 10 tips to help you create a productive and memorable college experience… and most of all, to deeply enjoy this time in your life: 1. Answer the question, “Why am I going to college?” 2. Imagine your ideal college experience. 3. Take at least one extra class each semester. 4. Set clear goals for each …

  • Student Debt, Jim Rogers, and ‘The Freeman’

    Recently, I cam across a video of legendary investor Jim Rogers.  In it he talks about bailouts, commodities and among other things student debt.  The whole thing is really worth considering as a student, especially an American one. Recently, in The Freeman, George Leef tackles the issue here.

  • Young People Increasingly Aware of Economic Problems

    Anecdotal evidence — which certainly seems accurate on a broader scale from all I’ve seen/read/heard from others — indicates that young people are increasingly aware of the serious problems with the economy and the recession’s effects on their futures.  For instance, Mish Shedlock shares a story from one of his blog readers about this economic …