Rather than attempt another video that won't encode, I'm just going to make a text request for now.
I have a Bachelor's degree and I will soon have a Master's degree. Graduation is in 7 days, and though I'm not walking, I should be thrilled to have reached this point in my academic career. I have fought, hard, to overcome every obstacle in order to get to where I am. My peers and myself should be excited about graduation, about completing a Master's degree, something only 11% of the US population has accomplished. But we're not excited. Instead, what we feel is an overwhelming sense of dread as we're about to enter into a job market that, frankly, doesn't want us.
I am tired that we are told that we can do whatever we want when we grow up, and then when we pursue those passions, we're told we have a useless degree. I am tired of a government that wants all kids to go to college, and then only offers them financial support to do so in the form of more loans that we can never dream to pay off. I am tired of the fact that I have done absolutely everything that I was supposed to do-including working my ass off in classes, unpaid internships, low paying jobs, networking with some of the highest profile people within my field-and still having it not be enough. I am tired of being told that we are worthless, that we are merely defined by what we do, and that we have nothing to contribute to the world if we aren't one of those who happened to go into a science or math related field. I am tired of feeling like, as one of my colleagues put it,