Sunday, August 22, 2004

Life After College?

According to this new graduate student at UTK, life after receiving a Bachelor's degree consists of being homeless, eating Jello, and pining away for the days when you could just go to Bonneroo without a care in the world - like student loan payments.

For non-Tennesseeans or college rock fans: Bonneroo is an annual festival outside of Manchester, TN that's 4 days. This year something like 60,000 people attended to see groups like Los Lobos and Bob Dylan. I'm sure there were others, but that isn't the Empress' scene. And this year it was the same weekend as Fan Fair in Nashville. The horror! Two different types of music festivals going on within 90 miles of each other! As a reader in the Nashville Scene pointed out - watching the local reporters talk about it, you thought you should run to Kroger for bread and milk.

Because being from Nashville, if there is inclement weather, it's law that you go to the nearest grocery store for a jug of milk and a loaf of bread. Why? I don't know. It's just what we do.

Back to the story... so life for little-Miss-graduate is hard. She seemed to be a bit perplexed that life outside the Ivory Tower was different. Tough noogies. It was hard for me too when I got out of school. The job search isn't an easy one and sacrifices have to be made until one has steady employment.

But little Miss Graduate cannot handle life in the real world and has elected to work as a waitress and return to graduate school. My guess is that she will eventually truck on to earn a PHD and become an adjunct teaching your children in English 101.

The Daily Beacon Online - Students encouraged to savor the moments of college

A purr to: John Brown