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Is the Purpose of Going to College to Hook Up or Get a Career [POLL]

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I know. It may be a stupid question, but it begs being asked.

If you’re looking to go to college to better yourself and eventually land a high paying job, you may be wasting your money.

That is, if you can afford to go in the first place.

But if you want to hook up, there’s probably no better place to go, again, if you can afford it in the first place.

Although that’s a pretty high price to pay for the “boo-tay”!

According to this: rising tuition, and tumbling state aid is making college less affordable to more students.

States have cut their support for public colleges and universities — deeply, in some cases — and schools have raised tuition as a result. They’ve also dropped classes, eliminated faculty and reduced other services to compensate.

For high school seniors nervously waiting for admissions decisions this spring from public colleges and universities, the recession’s impact might mean fewer acceptances, in some cases, and higher costs for many who do get in.

Data from the center show that between fiscal years 2008 and 2013, state spending per student in New Jersey declined by more than 27 percent, or by $2,549, close to the national average. During those same years, tuition at New Jersey’s public colleges increased by 13 percent on average, or by $1,429.

The aforementioned report noted that schools have found other ways to compensate for the loss in state aid: “Public colleges and universities also have cut faculty positions, eliminated course offerings, closed campuses, shut down computer labs and reduced library services, among other cuts.”

At the same time that states and the schools they support grapple with money problems, student loan debt has been growing. Twenty years ago, fewer than half of students at four-year public and private institutions graduated with loans, according to Lauren Asher, the president of the Institute for College Access and Success, a nonprofit group that’s working to make college more accessible.
Now, two-thirds shoulder an average debt of $26,600.

And once you get out, the job prospects aren’t the greatest.

But the prospects are astronomical to hook up once you’re on campus.

Consider the latest fad on the Rutgers Campus, where students can express their sexual desires via the ‘RU Crushes’ Twitter feed.

According to this story:

Thousands of students are now expressing their romantic or sexual interest in each other with the help of a new Twitter handle – @RU_Crushes.

There are a number of responses I’m a little embarrassed to print, but I’ll give you a taste, such as:

“Is your name homework?” a follower asks a classmate. “Because I’m not doing you and I should be.”

The rest of them on the feed belong in Hustler.

@RU_Crushes works like this: Followers of the Twitter account submit their crushes on classmates to a website. If their submission meets the criteria, i.e. no more than 140 characters, their sentiment will be posted to the @RU_Crushes Twitter account.

The account tells followers: “Anonymously submit your crushes to ask.fm/RUCrushes and we’ll tweet them! Maybe your crush will see it, and you can thank me later.”
Rutgers University is not affiliated with the account or website.

The Twitter feed launched late last month.

As of this morning, @RU_Crushes had earned nearly 5,000 followers and blasted hundreds of romantic or sexually charged Tweets.

Users are encouraged to be specific. “It’s more fun that way,” the site states.
Real names are included in many of the posts, although administrators won’t post anything negative or vulgar.

“Most importantly, if your name gets posted and you feel uncomfortable, message me and I will take it down immediately,” the site states. “Remember this is all in good fun :)

Right, all in good fun, but it all comes with a steep price.

I hate to be a buzzkill, but if college is all that unaffordable, they why waste your time and money just to hook up?

There has to be a cheaper way to accomplish the same “end”.
(See how I went there?)

Do you feel the purpose of going to college is for hooking up or to get a career?

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