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5 Steps: Build a Career Before Graduating from College

 

Five Steps: Build a Career Before Graduating from College
Contributed by Karen Dikson

In 2015, the Georgetown University center on Education and the Workforce released a report showing that around 14 million college students were working. That’s over 70% of college students. Around 76% of graduate students and 40% of undergraduate students work full-time.

The question is: how many of those students are working towards career progress? The reports show that most of them must work to pay for their education. Since the work does not provide enough finances for tuition and expenses, they must take loans, too.

If you must work, why don’t you do it with a higher purpose? If you choose your positions wisely, you won’t start looking for a job after graduation with a clean sleeve. You’ll already have experience that shows how good you are. We’ll suggest 5 tips that help you start building a career while you’re still at college.

1. Be a Freelancer!

Freelancing can be a real job in today’s economy. People from all around the world are making money through writing, graphic design, coding, photography, and many other skills. Whatever skill you have, you can turn it into a profession that will be related to your future career.

Robert M., a student at Monash University, works as a freelance writer at Best Essays. He shared his experience with us: “During my first year at college, I was wondering: do I want to be a writer or a social worker? I decided to combine these two passions and write about social issues. This company gave me an opportunity to do something I loved and get good money for it. I believe this is a great contribution towards my future career. Every project demands extensive research. I’m learning a lot and I’m boosting my writing skills on the go.”

2. Start a Blog

Did you know that a good blog can bring you good money? That’s not all. A great blog can also make you an authority in the niche you choose for your profession. For example, let’s say you want to be a graphic designer after you finish college. You can create an impressive blog that covers all points of graphic design. You will share your tips and knowledge, and you’ll showcase your projects.

The sooner you start working on your blog, the greater your opportunities will be. A successful online project will look great on your portfolio. It will open the doors to your future.

3. Consider Internships

If you must work for the money, maybe this won’t be an option for you. However, you should consider an internship, even if it’s just for a month during the summer break. The biggest advantage of an internship is focus. When you opt for a position related to the career you want in future, you’re basically building that career during college.

An internship gives you great chances to build a professional network. If you prove yourself as a great worker and you get people to notice you, the organization that gives you an internship opportunity may offer you a job after graduation.

4. Take Part in Professional Events and Conferences

Colleges organize career events for a reason: during an occasion like this, the best students get a chance to be noticed from different organizations. They can develop their professional network and make connections with potential mentors. When you get a chance to attend an event of this type, you need to be very active. It’s not the right time to be humble and shy. Talk to these people; they are there to meet and attract the most talented students.

Don’t stop there! Find conferences related to the profession you’re focused on and attend them. Professional events offer you great chances to build your network. Connect with the people you meet via LinkedIn, so they will be updated about your progress.

5. Get a Job that Demands Communication

When you choose to work throughout your studies, choose your positions very carefully. Organizing the books in a bookshop is a good way to spend your time, but such position won’t get you in touch with many people. Store cashier, barista, help desk representative… – these are some of the most common jobs a student can get. The good thing about them is that they directly face you with people. No matter what career you choose for your future, communication skills will be crucial for your success.

Don’t perceive this as a job you need to have just because you lack the money to pay for college. That attitude leads to frustrations. Think of it as an opportunity to develop important skills that help you become a better applicant to any job after graduation.

It’s never too early to start doing something that will make your CV look good. A student has many opportunities to start building a career before graduation. You just need focus!

 

About our guest blogger. Karen Dikson is a college instructor and blogger from New Jersey. She writes for several educational websites, including Huffington Post. She loves teaching, writing and helping her students to reach their goals. Connect with Karen via Twitter

Gardisil Vaccine Available for Boys and Men – By Ashley Williams

CWR Student’s Forum

January 2012

Gardisil Vaccine Available for Boys and Men

By Ashley Williams

 

Ashley Williams, CWR Student Correspondent, Florida A&M University

Ashley Williams, CWR Student Correspondent, Florida A&M University

When it comes to human papilloma virus or HPV, women and girls are only half the equation. There are 30 to 40 types of HPV that will affect 75% to 80% of male and females in their lifetime. For most, HPV clears on its own, but for others certain types can cause cervical cancer in females and males.  There is a FDA approved vaccine that could help prevent certain types of cancer in women and now this vaccine is available for boys and men.

The HPV vaccine Gardisil is the only FDA approved HPV vaccine that helps protect against 4 types of HPV in girls and young women ages 9 to 26. It helps guard against 2 types of virus strands that cause about 75% of cervical cancer cases and 2 more types that cause 90% of genital warts cases.  Now in boys and young men ages 9-to 26, the vaccine helps protect against 90% of genital warts.

HPV infection is the most common sexually transmitted disease that most will overcome with no ill effects. But in some people, infections lead to cellular changes that cause warts or cancer, including cervical, vaginal and vulvar cancers in women and anal cancers in men and women. A growing study suggests that HPV also causes throat cancers in men and women as a result of oral sex.

According to the Center for Disease Control these infections cause about 15,000 cancers in women and 7,000 cancers in men each year. While cervical cancer rates have plummeted over the past four decades because of widespread screening, anal cancer rates in men and women have been increasing.

The burden of disease in males’ results mostly from oral or anal sex, but vaccinating boys will also benefit female partners since cervical cancer in women results mostly from vaginal sex with infected males.

Administered to college women for free Guardisil is now also available to young men 18-26 at most college campuses.

Jessica Moset, a third year biology student says she was vaccinated when she turned 19.

“I had heard about the vaccine a while ago but was still anxious to see if there were any side effects. But when I talked with my doctor I realized it was worth it.”

“I know tons of guys that don’t know about the vaccine that should,” said Joseph Williams, fourth year psychology major from Jacksonville, Florida.

“I think this vaccine is just what we needed, nobody likes to talk about STD’s or viruses but this vaccine could save a lot of people’s lives in the long run.”

William’s said he was vaccinated last month and has been informing his friends about the process of the vaccination. “Most of my guys friends were in denial or just didn’t want to hear me out but after I got the vaccination myself and I told them it was free at the campus clinic they opened up to it a little bit more,” said Williams.“I believe getting vaccinated is as important as getting an HIV test, only the vaccine can protect you against certain cancers.”

According to an article in the NY Times, the vaccine loses effectiveness if it is given after the onset of sexual activity. More than one in five boys and girls have had vaginal sex by the age of 15, but there are many strains of HPV, and Gardasil protects against four of those strains. Older boys and young men may receive the vaccine even after becoming sexually active in hopes that it might protect them against an HPV strain they have yet to encounter.

“It is very important to get the vaccine, it helps fight against cervical cancer in women and prostate cancer in men,” said Bridgette Jefferson, student liaison with student health services at Florida A&M University.

“The vaccine became available for men about six months ago,” Jefferson said. “We are seeing an increase in the number of men slowly rise, but I think that over time more men will be coming to get vaccinated.”

“When they guys come into the clinic the nurses try to persuade them to sign up for the program and get the vaccine for free, sometimes it works, sometimes it doesn’t,” said Jefferson.

Women and men who are interested in receiving the HPV vaccine, Gardasil, but cannot afford the $360 price tag, no longer need to worry. There are several programs available to help cut the costs of the vaccine. For some qualifying people the vaccine can be given for free. If you are uninsured or your insurance provider does not cover Gardasil, there are several ways you can get the HPV vaccine for free or at a reduced cost. The Merck Vaccine Patience Assistance Program offers a vaccine assistance program to women and now men who want to get Gardasil but cannot afford it.

To qualify for the program, you must be at least 19 years of age, be uninsured, reside in the United States, and have an annual income less than $20,800 for individuals. Visit the Merck website for more information.

Other ways to get assistance for paying for Gardasil are Planned Parenthood, your college or university medical clinic or your local health department.

Sexually Explicit Coed Relations – By Anthony Love

CWR Student’s Forum

December 2011

Sexually Explicit Coed Relations

By Anthony Love

 

Anthony Love, CWR Student Correspondent, Cheyney University of Pennsylvania

Anthony Love, CWR Student Correspondent, Cheyney University of Pennsylvania

Technology can be just as destructive and gratifying as liquor and parties on college campuses. Some college students are utilizing the latest cell phone applications that puts the world in their hands.  Others are using their phone’s camera to “sext.”

“Sexting” is the act of sending sexually explicit messages or photographs, primarily between mobile phones.

Temple University journalism major Coeli Danella says students who “sext” are “horny little bastards.” Danella insists its “trashy!” She believes the media plays a major part in it becoming a social norm. “They portray sexy as cool.” “It (sexting) reflects poorly on all of us.“ She believes women initiate “sexts” for attention.

Some college students are channeling their inner Anthony Weiner, former New York U.S. representative who resigned due to a “sexting” scandal. More than 50% of college students have received “sexts”, and nearly 80% have received them, according to research by University of Rhode Island faculty in the Department of Human Development and Family.

Jane Doe believes college students would rather explore instead of being tied into a committed relationship. “Things escalate quickly.” A simple phrase like, “Hello what’s your name?” can turn into, “Wyd? Send me a pic.”

College “sexts” are more sexually explicit than Weiner’s bare chest. One female college student flaunted her birthday suit after she showered.

A Cheyney University female student, who wishes to remain anonymous, says technology and the college lifestyle led her to “sext” a boy she was interested in. “I ‘text’ like a million times a week. I really like him. We weren’t in a relationship. I don’t know why I did it. I guess I wanted to take a walk on the wild side.”

Some people replace picture messages with video messages. One Cheyney University student said she received a “nasty” and “unexpected” video message of a male, whom she had sexual relations with, masturbating.

Keeping secrets on college campuses can be harder than rocket science. Ceoli Dannella believes 90% of people will pass pictures around like cheat-sheets. Some go viral to the internet. Cierra Wilson‘s, Amber Cole‘s, and April Pratt’s sex tapes made them infamous on Twitter. Two of the girls are under the age of 18 which makes the videos child pornography. All three were unavailable for comment. Some users post nude pictures on “Tittie Tuesdays” and “Thong Thursdays.” Many women are exposed on Twitter. People can gaze upon women’s naked breasts on “Titty Tuesdays” and butts on “Thong Thursdays.”

Senior fashion merchandising major Ryann Qualls from Chicago, Illinois says sexting destroys futures. “If I “sexted”, I could never run for president. People who “sext” should think about it before they do it.”

Newly passed laws penalize high school students who “sext” that result in state felony charges, including creation, possession and distribution of child pornography, in Pennsylvania, according to legal match.com

No such fines or criminal charges deter college students from “sexting.” So nothing happens when people put other people’s pictures on the internet or share them with their friends. Danella believes there should be a penalty for college students who get caught sexting on campus, especially if they’re shared with their friends or world-wide-web.

Cheyney University offensive lineman Asaheal Parson received what he described as a tasteful picture. Parson says the picture came from left field. “She initiated the picture. I had no idea she was sending it.” She told Parson she was texting him something. When he opened the picture message, his female friend gave the appearance as though she was naked. She covered herself with her arms like a playboy playmate. “I knew the girl well.” They were in a four month relationship when she sent him the “sext.”

Parson thinks some guys ask for naked pictures because they want to preview a woman’s body before sex. “The picture spoiled the surprise and anticipation. I think people blow it out of proportion when mature adults do it. It’s cool if you do it. It’s cool if you don’t.”

The women interviewed in this article said they only show their bodies when they “sext”, so they do not worry about if others see them.

Hazing: The Cost Of Being A Part Of An Organization – By Ashley Williams

CWR Student’s Forum

December 2011

Hazing:  The Cost Of Being A Part Of An Organization

By Ashley Williams

 

Ashley Williams, CWR Student Correspondent, Florida A&M University

Ashley Williams, CWR Student Correspondent, Florida A&M University

As a student at a prestigious HBCU, it is normally a wonderful feeling to have your university gain national attention. For example, when our band performed at half time during the super bowl or when they were invited to perform at President Obama’s inauguration. But as I turn the channel to CNN, I see my beloved school’s name plastered across the television screen: Florida A&M University drum major dead from hazing. It saddens me deeply that we are now wedged with a stigma that will forever haunt the university.

Florida Governor Rick Scott suggested to the board of trustees to fire our university president, all because a few students wanted to feel superior. Since 1887, Florida A&M University has been producing affluent African Americans from all over the country but unfortunately when something bad happens the media will bombard you with the negative and make you forget about the positive. With the band director fired and the Marching 100 suspended, “What will FAMU be without the band?” are the whispers I hear throughout the hallways. It worries me to think that all people know about FAMU is the band, what about those 500 students that graduated with their bachelors and masters degree in December that will go on to put a good name behind the university?

So many students come to college looking to become a part of something bigger than them. Don’t get me wrong, I support my brothers and sisters in the various sororities and fraternities and I believe there is good that comes out of these organizations, but I am also aware of  the line that needs to be drawn, and  Robert Champions death should be a lesson to the entire world.

People are seemingly shocked and unaware but the behaviors now known as hazing have been around for over two thousand years. Educators throughout history have had to confront the practical jokes, excessive alcohol consumption, physical abuse and violence, as well as other humiliating and dangerous events that have found their way into being the rites of passage for countless young college students around the nation. It has been reported among several campus groups including athletic teams, marching bands, and ROTC squads in different schools. All hazing is designed to make new students recognize their inferiority to upperclassman and to promote their substandard status.

According to insidehazing.com, more than 250,000 students reported they have experienced some sort of hazing. Five percent of all college students admit to being hazed, 40 percent admit to knowing about hazing activities and 40 percent report that a coach or advisor was aware of the hazing. Almost all fifty states have anti-hazing statutes. Typically, statutes prohibit any willful action that recklessly or intentionally endangers the physical and mental health of a student. Several statutes enumerate certain acts which constitute hazing, i.e. sleep deprivations or forced drug and alcohol use. Although a particular state may not enact a specific hazing statute, often actions that constitute hazing may be prosecuted under other criminal statutes.

In California, hazing is defined as an initiation process likely to cause physical harm or personal degradation. The punishment for committing or conspiring to haze is a misdemeanor with a fine between $100 to $5,000 and up to one-year imprisonment.

In Florida, three separate statutes govern state universities, community colleges and public and private colleges and whose students receive state financial aid. All institutions must adopt a written anti-hazing policy complete with penalties. Those penalties shall be in addition to any penalty imposed for a violation of the criminal laws of Florida, and Georgia classifies hazing as a misdemeanor of a high and aggravated nature and prohibits any possible activity which endangers the physical health of a student, regardless of a student’s willingness to participate. With all these statutes in place, one would think that the hazing levels would decrease but students are still slow to come forth and are dying because of it.

The Tallahassee Democrat reported on the previous incident of FAMU Clarinet player Bria Shante Hunter. For a week the Atlanta freshman tried living with a fractured femur and on November 7th she reported the incident to band director Julian White, who sent her to the hospital and immediately referred the case to the campus police. Four band members were charged with hazing and battery. Hunter told authorities that her injuries, which included blood clots as well as a cracked thigh bone were the result of being struck repeatedly for failing to live up to the credo of the Red Dawg Order, a sub-group made up solely of students from the Atlanta area, within the  FAMU Marching 100.

Days after Hunter told her story to band director White, drum major Champion died on a band bus after a similar hazing incident. No criminal charges have been filed in the incident yet, which has now been ruled as a homicide.

Hunter revealed to the police that members of the Red Dawg Order forced her to lift her legs in marching position while they punched her upper thighs and struck her with spatulas, book binders and metal rulers. When Champions autopsy results came back they revealed that he died from shock from blunt force trauma to his back, neck, and body.

While some former FAMU band members acknowledge that some forms of initiation exist at the school, such as students being forced to get haircuts or run laps which could never lead to broken bones or death, few would speak openly about anything more severe.

It seems the topic of hazing is met with a code of silence among these groups. This type of secrecy is one of the main factors that allow hazing to continue.

I am disappointed more people aren’t speaking about what has now become a serious problem.

Many people are skeptical of what is to come of FAMU in the future years, but I refuse to believe that one group of people could jeopardize the reputation of my prestigious university. I bleed green and orange and this is not what we are about, what the band is about, not what Florida A&M University is about. When one student at Virginia Tech mass murdered 32 people, nobody questioned the integrity of the school so why question ours?

Robert Champion’s death points out two major things, one is that hazing happens across a range of student groups and two; it can be harmful or even deadly. Champion’s parents have been on CNN and made their voices heard about not wanting their son’s death to go in vain. Champion’s untimely death is a wake-up call to all schools around the nation.

Unfortunately, hazing is an equal opportunity disgrace and exists even within the organizations we least expect.

What seems to be in common is a group has a certain amount of status and the members within that group that have status are looking for power in some way, shape or form.

Although some organizations are great to be involved with, being a part of any educational program should never cost anyone their life.

Aussie & Davis: College Entrepreneurs – By Sha’nece Austin, “Profashional”

CWR Student’s Forum

November 2011

Aussie & Davis:  College Entrepreneurs

By Sha’nece Austin, “Profashional”

 

Sha'nece Austin - Profashional Howard University, Founder & CEO Sanaai Closet

Sha’nece Austin – Profashional
Howard University, Founder & CEO Sanaai Closet

Jeffery Mark, Aaron Coad, and Shannon Jean-Louis didn’t wait on their degree to launch their own business.  Aussie & Davis specializes in high-end casual/semi-formal unisex accessories, hailing out of Washington, DC.

College affordable, each piece entails’ innovation and emphasizes on color, design and comfort.

 

Necklace

 

When asked where did they get the name “Aussie and Davis” Shannon jean-Louis replied “It came from God, it’s a divine intervention, which stands for Influencing everyone, dedicated to Advocating various Individual Standouts.“

The trio is in fact a product of Dr. Charles Drew Hall at Howard University. They concocted this idea back in 2008 and introduced it to the world in 2010. They originally wanted to start with a t-shirt line but instead of rushing it without the right budget they decided to create a buzz with the unisex beaded bracelets.

Silver Bracelet

 

Their uttermost goal is longevity, being the “next big thing in fashion” by expanding their brand to apparel. They say their biggest misconception is that they’re a jewelry line, but you can be sure to look out for their apparel line!

The golden advice given from the trio is “Don’t jump into the water, if you don’t know how to swim.” “Stay hungry, patient, keep your faith and grind hard.”

Judging America’s Court Systems: “It’s stated innocent until proven guilty!” – By Anthony Love

CWR Student’s Forum

November 2011

Judging America’s Court Systems: “It’s stated innocent until proven guilty!”

By Anthony Love

 

Anthony Love, CWR Student Correspondent, Cheyney University of Pennsylvania

Anthony Love, CWR Student Correspondent, Cheyney University of Pennsylvania

“I did not personally kill your son, father and brother. I am innocent,” Troy Davis said before his execution, reported by CNN.com. “Despite the situation you’re in, (I) was not the one who did it.”

Florida Agriculture and Mechanical Business Management Major Anthony Sullivan insists the death penalty is “inhumane”, he thinks life in prison would suffice.” “It’s not like killing the person is going to bring the victims back to life. The death penalty should be done away with”.

Davis’ death and other controversial rulings have some college students scratching their heads and questioning the validity of their country’s legal system.  Many questioned their court system.

Davis’ death reached Hollywood’s hills and former presidents. Celebrity, Alex Baldwin and Former Presidents Jimmy Carter and Bill Clinton weighed on Davis’ execution. Carter said he hopes the case “will spur us as a nation toward the total rejection of Capital punishment”. “Courts must slow down the appeals process to properly consider DNA evidence,” Clinton stated in an interview.

Actor Alec Baldwin chimed in too. “The U.S. death penalty humiliates us in the eyes of much of the world.” Thirty-four states who use capital punishment have killed 15,645 people by lethal injection, electric chair, or by other means of execution, cited by deathpenalty.org.

Davis, convicted for murdering police officer Mark MacPhail in Savannah, Georgia, died from lethal injection September 21, 2011.

Americans voiced their opinions on Twitter after Davis’ death. Daniel Pewewardy tweeted, “So are we all ignoring the fact that Troy Davis is dead and Amanda Knox is free? Temple University junior business administration major Amir Patterson strongly said, “It was an example of American society and how equality still isn’t practiced at this day in age.” Davis’ execution came after Casey Anthony walked beat a murder charge. She walked away with probation

“ Michael A. Watts Jr. tweeted, “{Troy Davis RIP and all those innocent ppl lynched in amerikkka.}” People can debate over previous rulings, but the numbers are irrefutable.Justice may not always be blind, its scales tipped to the wrong side on 1000 occasions, according to deathpenalty.org. Those 1000 wrongly convicted people died needed a “get out of jail free card.”

Some wrongly accused people like Michael Blair have escaped capital punishment from the skin of their teeth. The escapees are a living proof of the flaws in America’s court system.

Officials in Texas exonerated Blair in 2008 after he served 14 years on death row. DNA evidence revealed that he didn’t murder seventeen-year-old Ashley Estel in 1993, despite the jury’s’ 27 minute conviction. Blair is the 17th person in the U.S. exonerated by DNA testing after receiving a death sentence, according to Innocentproject.org.

Sixty-nine people have been exonerated from death row since 1973 cited by death penalty.org.

Many people believed that America’s country system dropped the ball on Davis’ case.

Northwestern University School of Law’s Centre on Wrongful Convictions documented 38 executions which were carried out since the 70s where there was compelling evidence of innocence and insufficient proof beyond reasonable doubt.

Those deaths spark the question: whether the government should nullify capital punishment and change the court system. “It’s stated innocent until proven guilty! If you’re going to kill someone you have to get it right.” Sullivan bluntly stated.

Nickolas Divers,21, Westwood College criminal justice major resides 250 miles from Savannah, where Davis was accused of killing a Caucasian police officer. He firmly believes that if he wouldn‘t get a “fair“ trial either“. “They still have ‘good ol boy’ laws and racist people still uphold them.” Divers believes the problems in the judicial system are political.

Anthony Sullivan and Nickolas Divers believe America needs to iron out wrinkles in the judiciary system

Divers hates how rappers like T.I. (Tip Harris), who served 366 days in prison for buying assault rifles, get “slaps on their wrists”. “The criminal justice system is one big enterprise that is all about capital.”

Divers insists people must rise together to change the court system. “It’s not up to the government it’s up to us. There’s been a void since Martin Luther King died.”

College Students Stay Positive Despite Unemployment – By Anthony Love

CWR Student’s Forum

October 2011

College Students Stay Positive Despite Unemployment

By Anthony Love

Anthony Love, CWR Student Correspondent, Cheyney University of Pennsylvania

Anthony Love, CWR Student Correspondent, Cheyney University of Pennsylvania

This fall and spring, college seniors will turn their tassels, becoming graduates. Partying, beer pong tournaments and all-nighters may still be a part of their lifestyles as they embark towards their desired careers. But, will there be any jobs for hundreds of thousands of graduates? Apparently not, indicated by various statistics. Cheyney University graphic design senior Jamal Groce stated that only one of his many friends who recently graduated landed a job.

If money makes the world go round, than it must be standing in place like a statue right now. America’s employment landscape is a barren plateau with more pink slips than signs for hire. The New York Times reported that the country failed to produce any new jobs opportunities in August, marking the longest dry spell in decades. America is in a $ 17 trillion dollar hole, while 9.1% of Americans – approximately 14 million people—are looking for work. The job market, which some experts characterize as a recession, has many people pinching pennies and stretching dollars.

Cheyney University sophomore Jasmine Edwards is trying her best not to sweat the country’s economic situation. “I’m worried. I am putting in a lot of hard work in school.” She is staying optimistic by not looking at things in a negative light. She is also managing her money which could be linked to a 3.6 % inflation rate, highest since 2007 according to usinflatoincalculator.com.

Consequently, African Americans and Hispanics may need more than a compass and maps to find work. This year, the unemployment rate among African Americans rose from 11.3% to 16.7%. “You have to stay positive. I’m not spending my money recklessly. I’m doing my best to save,” exclaimed Edwards.

Who’s to blame? The sophomore believes that everyone is playing a part in America’s domino like economic collapse. Take your between the sluggish demand for goods and services, bickering between Republicans and Democrats, America’s triple A credit loss, three wars in the Middle East, uncertainty over economy’s direction, and Europe’s economic crisis.

The recession is crippling recent graduates and loan providers. Twenty-five percent of college graduates defaulted on a college loan in 2010, reported by the Washington Post.

Uncle Sam, Sallie Mae, and other loan providers begin flooding its borrowers’ mail boxes and phone lines six months after graduation, so graduates like Shalom Stewart are opting for less appealing jobs to put money in their pockets, jobs that usually require a high school diploma.

Stewart accumulated close to $ 90,000 in loans. He works part-time at Vare Middle School in Philadelphia as an assistant disciplinarian earning $ 8.50 an hour. He is the only AD at Vare with a college degree. “I don’t like it. I’d rather be working in my field (Phycology), but I’m thankful that I have a means of income.”

Some are making the best of the nation’s economic situation. Stewart and other graduates are opting to go for plan “B”: further their education hoping to wait out and weather the nation’s economic hurricane. The Washington Post insists employment rates are higher for those who have advanced degrees. The White House’s financial team expects unemployment to drop below 6% by 2017.

Stewart isn’t “happy” working tenuous hours making minimum wage. “My time is precious.” He will begin pursuing his Master’s degree in 2012. “It’s the best thing for me to do.”

By the same token, those with bachelor’s degree garner low paying jobs with little room for advancement. Those who rely on their high school diplomas are getting bumped down the totem pole. Cheyney University senior Jamal firmly believes a college education is still worth the time and money. With a confident look in his face, Groce stated, “A college degree still means something.”

There may be a silver lining in the sky. Recently, hoping to iron out wrinkles in year five of the recession, President Obama pleaded with congress asking Republicans and Democrats to pass his $ 447 billion dollar job stimulus package. Jasmine Denials hopes U.S. politicians reach a deal soon. “A deal will be reached eventually. The economy won’t stay this way forever.”