Hi Tynan. I haven't commented in some time because I deal with the issues you talk about here rather than the stuff you address most of the time. I am the only one of seven children who graduated from high school and eventually got a bachelor's degree. The bachelor's degree is a massive waste of money. I had no way to understand going in what the term "communication" means to those in charge. For me, it's exchanging information, feelings and ideas with others. For the people designing the courses, it means a form of marketing (lying, basically). I never made a worse financial move. Of course, my non-understanding goes back to my background (poverty, alcoholism, etc.). I really like the comment someone made about people like me needing mentors, but I would expand that role beyond moral support to helping us understand the world people have made.
I count it as survival, not virtue, that I presently ride the bus 3 1/2 hours a day to do a temporary assignment using skills I acquired during my earlier college work, which involved effort but no loans. I lucked out on that one, although I'm the "wrong" gender for the Secretarial Science courses I took. I really don't see others as obligated to use their backgrounds, skills, etc., especially well. I know a wide variety of people, and I think some of them basically deprive themselves by staying in misery or inertia, but I don't seem them as harming me. Its serious enough that they harm themselves.