Dear Montreal Students:
A $1,625 increase in 5 years means:
$1,625/5 years = $325/year increase
$325/year/365 days/year = $0.89042 increase a day
For $0.89042 cents a day, less than a cup of coffee, just look at it as a bloody investment.
But of course, CBC made a good point…
“The truth is, the education they’re getting is overpriced at any cost. The protesters do not include accounting, science and engineering students, who have better things to do than hurl projectiles at police. They’re the sociology, anthropology, philosophy, arts, and victim-studies students, whose degrees are increasingly worthless in a world that increasingly demands hard skills. The world will not be kind to them. They’re the baristas of tomorrow and they don’t even know it, because the adults in their lives have sheltered them and encouraged their mass flight from reality.” – Quebec’s university students are in for a shock (Margaret Wente)
Well at least Margaret Wente used baristas rather than Maddox’s “That’s right asshole, bag my groceries!” article.
School for me is about 20k every 2 semesters. Usually takes 8 semesters to get a Bachelors of something. Which directly translates to about 80k for my entire education. From what I see, even if I make 20 dollars an hour, it would take me less than 5 years to pay off this debt. (But of course this is indexed at if I make 20 dollars an hour, had if that was 40 an hour, I would be looking at about 2 years.) Which is not too bad. But then again, those Art majors… The way I see it, education is an investment, and you have to make a good investment (major) because a bad investment won’t help you with getting a job in the future.
Also, recently I watched a documentary from BBC about Tony Blair. There was a scene of Blair talking with a bunch of students, one of the student made a comment similar to “I was told that after getting my BA, I would be guaranteed a job making 23000 pounds a year.” Well, needless to say, I bet she is an Arts major.
The student who is doing a computer science degree, that:
-> Worked for over 24 months during school as a software developer
-> Minimal debt because of above
-> Not going to have too much trouble with finding a job after graduation
-> Got caught in the middle of the student protest multiple times, it happens when you live in Downtown Montreal and works late.