Purdue graduate Nick Enlo can't get a job, so he's resorting to an eBay stunt -- putting his diploma on sale for $36,000, the amount he still owes in student loans -- as a way to start an important debate get attention:
Going to college made my life worse," Enlow said Wednesday from near Jacksonville, Fla., where he lives. "That is something that I don't keep to myself. I tell everyone."
His line of thinking isn't the kind that Purdue officials find amusing, nor are they too keen on the auction itself.
But Enlow, 29, said he considers himself stuck in indentured servitude to Sallie Mae, his lender, because he is unable to get a decent-paying job with his current degrees to start paying a $470 monthly student loan bill.
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The universities are handing out too many degrees that have zero real-world application," Enlow said. "It seems to me, almost any major in the humanities or liberal arts will not gain you employment with a bachelor's degree."
Enlow admits to not having a clear post-college career path. During school he fell in love with learning -- reading classics and learning history -- and he assumed that after earning a diploma a job would come easily.
Oh, yeah, I'd hire this 29-year-old, "in love with learning" whiner in a heartbeat. Who, exactly, decided that Enlow should get a degree in psychology, the one that earned him the Purdue diploma? Why, yes, he did. He decided not to sell the diploma he got for a philosophy degree from IU, showing that his judgment skill isn't about to change soon.