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New college graduates face an unfortunate reality

As a sophomore in college and preparing for my future, I have many concerns. Where am I going to find a job? How am I going to afford to live on my own? The answers to these questions are going to depend on our president and how he reacts (or doesn’t) to some of the issues this country is facing. To put it bluntly, I need results. This is a critical time in my life, and many others are in the same boat.

The unfortunate reality is that this country is not in the right condition to provide jobs or support for kids out of college. This is a terrifying realization, but one that I must brace myself for. Today, it costs an arm and a leg just to get a decent college education. While I appreciate President Obama’s dedication to education, his State of the Union address did not say anything new. While it is great that the graduation rate from high school has risen, that does not mean much if you are living in a country where most well-paying jobs require a college degree.

President Obama said in his 2013 address that he was going to lower the tuition for colleges, yet I still find my tuition being $42,000 a year and a struggle to pay.

We look to a president to help this country grow in all ways and right now we are stuck. Next, is the issue of minimum wage. While the president has good intentions to help those is need, there needs to be more discussion on this issue. It seems wrong for the president to declare such a big change. Currently, there is a minimum wage that Congress has set, and it seems as though the president is abusing his executive power by declaring that he is going to make this change that will affect many, whether people agree or not.

One can hope that things will be better in 2014, but after this past year, I think we all better buckle our seatbelts because it’s going to be a bumpy ride.

Hannah Staley


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