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For the past couple decades, society has glamorized the university experience and held four-year diplomas in quite high esteem. At least, that’s how it used to be. Then, somewhere along the way, four years was no longer enough. You needed a PhD, an MBA, an MSc, and pretty much the whole alphabet trailing your name to prepare you for the most introductory role in your chosen field. Soon enough we’re handing fancy degrees to thirtysomethings who’ve never worked a real job or earned a dime in their field of interest.

Let me be honest about my waltz into a highly…


Just because we had to endure work without pay doesn’t mean we should pass it on to the next generation

Unpaid interns at the United Nations (UN) in Geneva hold a banner that says “PAY YOUR INTERNS” during a demonstration organized by The Fair Internship Initiative (FII) on August 14, 2017.
Unpaid interns at the United Nations (UN) in Geneva hold a banner that says “PAY YOUR INTERNS” during a demonstration organized by The Fair Internship Initiative (FII) on August 14, 2017.
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We’re told we need to go to college to learn how to enter an industry to make money for ourselves. At the same time, college is becoming increasingly more expensive and less affordable. There are so many of us who didn’t have trust funds to rely on or the option of leaning on a scholarship. Many of us have struggled because we had to support ourselves while simultaneously managing to graduate.

In addition to all of this, getting an internship is a step of the college journey that’s practically forced down our throats. If we don’t get one, the chances…

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