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Thursday, April 30, 2009

New York times article on graduate programs

This article has some excellent points about graduate education. Some of the same
points apply to the concept of undergraduate education.

Thursday, April 23, 2009

"Financial Aid" is code for student debt

Let’s call a spade a spade. The term “financial aid” as used by colleges and universities is way too benign. In most cases this term is code for “student debt”. And these educational loans come along with bad debt collectors that make the neighborhood loan shark look gentle.

This debt can never be discharged in bankruptcy and the US government is relentless in collecting on it. The government and its agents can use techniques like garnishing your wages even in states where others (banks) are not allowed this trick. How about a more descriptive term like “Education loans and grants”? A loan is more like a weight on your shoulders than “aid” – it may help in the short-term but it will kick you in the butt when you are struggling financially in later years.

How long do you think the banks would get away with calling their credit cards “Financial Aid Cards”?

Success of "High School Thoughts About College" YouTube Video

In the first day the YouTube video "High School Thoughts About College" had over 15,000 views and over 350 comments. Here are some of the comments about the video.....

I'd love to go to college in America, it seems like so much more fun.

Wow, that was amazingly funny...I wish I had thought about that before going to college.

"No I'll be in school for the next ten years.. DON'T RUSH ME."

Awesome vid....maybe u cud have posted it 2 years ago so i cud make a more informed decision about college.

When my dad finally understood why I'd been complaining about it all these years, he pretty much flipped out and told me I was wasting his money. That's love.

I graduated last year and I've been at home ever since...lets just say "I'm delaying"...I mean community college yeah, I'm jobs but i know its going to cost my parents butt loads of cash...oh, well and you know whats even better? I don't know what to do?

Wednesday, April 22, 2009

High School Thoughts About College

This new song at is about a high school student considering college that is quite funny. I think this kid Toby Turner is a future star. Let me know what you think about it here.

You may also want to check out the comments on the song because the listeners are saying things like “”I graduated last year and I have been home ever since.”

Toby originally caught my attention with his song “I go to college for the financial aid” which you can also see at on YouTube at

Monday, April 20, 2009

Playboy's list of the top Party Schools

Playboy’s list of the top Party Schools (Colleges and Universities) is out and these are the best places to rack up student debt, live off your parents, postpone working for a few years and eat up those government subsidies.

The full list is in the magazine’s May issue and on the Internet at

The top 10 party schools are as follows:
1) University of Miami
2) University of Texas (Austin)
3) San Diego State University
4) University of Florida
5) University of Arizona
6) University of Wisconsin (Madison)
7) University of Georgia
8) Louisiana State University
9) University of Iowa
10) West Virginia University

The five factors that were used to rank these institutions of higher learning are:
1) Bikini ( a combination of great weather, favorable guy-girl ratio from the guys perspective, and the cheerleader ranking)
2) Sex
3) Campus Life
4) Sports
5) Brains