Why a STEM Degree is the Best Choice for Undecided High School Leavers

Leaving high school and deciding on a college major can be a very challenging time if you don’t have a career in mind yet that you want to follow. If you are certain that you want to do a degree that will make you employable, but is also versatile enough to allow you to choose your field or specialism later on, then there are a few paths you can go down, for instance studying business.… [Read more]

The Cost of Grad School and Why Students are Rising in Numbers

It’s no secret that the cost of an undergraduate degree has continued to steadily climb in recent years. An undergraduate is considered the “minimum” for many white-collar jobs, so most students don’t look further. This growing cost has driven undergraduates to seek new avenues of improving their lifetime earnings, even though number of graduate degrees awarded has doubled since the 1980’s.… [Read more]

Higher Education Today: Is it Worth the Cost and Time for Millennials?

In the past, there was no doubt about which road to take when it came to having the best opportunities for a promising future. College was dangled in front of the youth of America like a golden ticket to make their career dreams come true. Today, a higher education has lost its luster due to a struggling economy and an extremely competitive job market.… [Read more]

How the Face of American Universities are Changing with Modern Technology

American universities have always been leaders when it comes to college education. People from around the world come to study at American universities because of the prestige, challenge, and opportunities available. As the modern world continues to embrace technology, American universities have been quick to respond and adopt these technologies wherever they exist. However, as with all things, the trick is to adopt technology in a way that promotes students to become creators and not simply users of technology.… [Read more]

Is Your College Degree Really Worth the Cost?

Is the cost of college too high? Are the majority of degrees truly worth any more than the paper they’re printed on? Is a college education necessary for success — and by what standards do we measure success?

The debate over the cost, necessity, and benefits of college continues to rage on, and many individuals come down firmly on one side or another.… [Read more]

A Tiny Feel Good Tale

Amidst the muck and the mire of the paint by numbers US presidential campaign – 1 %! 47 %! 53 %! 99%! – and its inevitable lies, damn lies, and statistics… a respite. A little Canadian Dream in a hard-core hoopsters’ package.

Lots more where he came from

I have coached young women’s basketball for a long time.… [Read more]

Campaigning on College Grads’ Prospects

If you’re a regular reader of this site you know that education is a frequent topic. Though the nation’s economy is slowly improving, its current state — fueled in large part by the unwillingness of some of our elected officials to boost job prospects — has, in part, resulted in greater competition for jobs available to debt-saddled graduates.… [Read more]

The Strains of Education

Nearly everyone says that it’s important to hold on to youth, because those are the best years of one’s life. But nowadays, life for teens isn’t as magical as many seem to think it is.

In addition to going through the painful transition from child to adult, teenagers face common hurdles such as drugs, alcohol, sex, peer pressure, and just as important: the burdens of education.… [Read more]

Borrowing from the Money Store

In case you aren’t painfully aware that the student loan situation has gotten terribly out of hand, consider this: the average college graduate owes $25,000 in debt—what do you say to someone in that situation? Add to this the sublime impossibility of finding a job (days and days spent, dozens of CVs sent out… it’s like a ritual of sorts) and the proliferation of unpaid, or “for credit/experience/exposure” internships, and moving back home to your parents seems like more of a dire necessity than a sensible decision.… [Read more]

Stumped, Part Three: Indoctrination

Here’s some uplifting news just in time for all you hard-working students to wrap up your finals for the year, a little something to reassure you that you’re on the right track: the entire education system is broken. Not just a few kinks here and there that need smoothing out. I mean the whole thing, from the bottom up, from start to finish.… [Read more]

Stumped, Part One: What’s The Real Crisis in American Education?

The school year’s coming to a close, so it figures that many of us here at BNV have been weighing in on the state of education. And as well we should. It’s one of the only issues — in fact, possibly the only one — that tangibly affects each and every one of us in ways that we have to face up to every single day.… [Read more]

Rethinking the Four Year Degree

Education is going to be a hot button issue during this election cycle. The GOP will call President Obama an elitist for insisting the youth of America learn stuff. Liberals will yell that the real elitists are rich white kids who get into Harvard and Dartmouth on legacy merit alone while the poor and middle class try to compete.… [Read more]

Forgive Me, Please

A few days ago, I logged into my student loans account to pay my monthly bill.  I was confused and surprised to find that my $80,000 balance was at $0. I spent twenty minutes attempting to figure out how my loans were paid off, gave up and went to bed.

That night I dreamt of men in suits being sprinkled with fairy dust and pressing the delete key for automatic student loan forgiveness across the world.… [Read more]

The American Dream?

We are spoon fed a dream growing up in America that is akin to a grandiose fairy tale.  We are programmed to believe that the corporate ladder is there to be climbed — and if we sweat and bleed enough, one day we will reach the top of it victorious.  It is ingrained in us that the path to reach the top of the highest mountain is to buckle down and study, avoid excessive idle time and make sure to pad our academic resumes with lots and lots of meaningful extracurricular activities.  … [Read more]