Why would a department want to make their major harder to obtain? While it sounds a little backwards, making it harder to earn a degree in economics not only helps the reputation of your school, it helps the reputation of your department. Think about the psychology between reputation and academic rigor: Ivy League schools are extremely hard to get into, but their courses aren’t necessarily harder (if they’re harder at all) than anywhere else. Since most people don’t know the second part, many believe an Ivy League graduate has some sort of mythical power in their field. The ugly truth: Half of the time, it’s just brand loyalty.
The University of Oregon’s athletic department has come under scrutiny by students and Duck fans that are upset with how expensive tuition is. Amongst left-leaning people, it’s not uncommon to hear about how expensive athletic departments are. Especially when the university consistently raises its tuition annually. It may not be the most frequently blamed factor, but it is common to at least hear complaints about football coach salaries. All of this led to myself wanting to look into the athletic department’s financials. The verdict? People should stop complaining about the athletic department.
It’s no secret that the price of college tuition has dramatically increased far past what it should be. I don’t believe that college should be free, but it shouldn’t be as expensive as it is now. I understand that, being a millennial, I’m a little biased on this end. Nevertheless, college tuition has gotten out of hand and needs to be dealt with soon.
NOTE: I don’t take out-of-state/non-resident tuition into account. It’s no secret that it costs two or three times as much to get the same overrated piece of paper everyone else gets, so there isn’t much sympathy on that end.
There are a lot of arguments as to why people should live on campus. There are no utility bills to pay for, a meal plan, and you’re right there on campus so it takes a few minutes to get to class. At the University of Oregon (UO), the least expensive option that one has a chance of getting in to is over $11,000 per academic year. That’s over $1,200 per month and then there’s a fee to stay over winter break. There’s gotta be a better way to do this. You know what? There is!
Whether you’ve saved it up, inherited it, or received it as a gift from family, if you have some money saved up and you don’t know what to do with it, the best thing to do is to invest it. No, I’m not saying to buy land, gold, or foreign currencies. I’m not even saying you have to trade stocks. What I’m saying is that you should learn about how to invest your money so that it grows while you age.
Finding a job over the summer is a horrible thing for college students. They have to compete with everyone else in town who is looking for work. They’re having to say, “Actually, I only need a job for the summer.” Luckily, there’s a lot of ways around that. Whether it be plasma or temporary work, there’s always something available to even the least optimistic student.
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), financial analysts have a median pay of $76,950 per year, or $37 per hour. Economists have a median pay of $91,860 per year, or $44.16 per hour. Working on Wall Street or for your local or state government might not be such a hard job to get after college (and years of research experience). But trust me when I say that you’re not going to be prepared to work in technology or in many other large companies unless you read this.
NOTE: Bear with the length of this article. The reason why it’s long is because of the qualifications that I show from other companies. I promise that after reading this, you’re going to actually be prepared for these kind of jobs after college.