There is a man, right now, offering to leave law school at Boston College without a degree -- if the school will refund his tuition. He says he was convinced to go to law school by promises of a good career and high salary, but really, all he is going to end up with is mountains of student loans. So, he doesn't want the degree, or the debt, and will trade one for the other.
God, I wish I had thought of that.
I have not one, but two degrees. I use neither. One I don't use because it's a BFA in theater, which is about as useful in real life as a BFA in theater. The other is an Masters in Education, which I don't use because half way through my program I realized I don't know if children are the future, and have no desire to teach them well and let them lead the way. Yet, despite the fact I don't use either of these degrees on a daily basis, that they have never directly helped me get, or advance in, jobs, I still have to pay for them every year. And because I was raised by a former Catholic who couldn't give up the guilt, I pay promptly and without question.
If this guy gets his money back though, I might have to rethink that. I bet I have even better arguments than he does. When I decided to go into theater I was only 17. They took advantage of a minor! They took my money, well aware the best job I would ever get from said degree was a singing waiter. Sounds like child abuse to me. The education people are even worse. Don't they have a responsibility to tell people trying to leave lucrative careers not to be idiots? Or is their tuition shell game more important than educating the poor hapless souls who wander into their webs? I would appreciate the irony if I weren't paying for it.
Oh, and if I get my money back, I am totally encouraging all of my co-workers to sue their schools as well. After all, they paid to get journalism and communication degrees to work in an industry where someone with degrees in theater and education can not only get a job, but have a rather mediocre career. I think they could get class action status.
Actually, I think we should all sue! Education never! Litigation now!
I'm going to start looking for a lawyer right now. One with good credentials. You know, like a degree from Boston College.