Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Lessons from Man of Steel

The new Superman movie, Man of Steel, debuted in movie theaters across the country this past week. It reminded me of a conversation with one of our Accelerate University clients a few months ago. He had seen the Man of Steel preview and drew the insightful parallel of his journey in obtaining his college degree. "Watch the trailer for Man of Steel," he told me. "There are some great quotes in there. I turned to my dad and said, 'That's what they're doing in AU!'" Later, I searched YouTube. Three particular quotes caught my attention:
  • "What if a child dreamed of becoming something other than what society had intended? What if a child aspired to something greater?"
  • "You just have to decide what kind of man you want to grow up to be. Whoever that man is is going to change the world."
  • "You will give the people of earth an ideal to strive towards. They will race behind you. They will stumble. They will fall. But in time they will join you in the sun. In time you will help them accomplish wonders."

Tuesday, June 11, 2013

Top 9 Degrees with Starting Pay of $50K+ for Less Than $15K

All to frequently, college students take on thousands of dollars of debt to complete a college degree which ends up not paying for itself out in the real world. In his new book College Unbound, author Jeffrey Selingo states, "On average, students leave college with $27,000 in loans—and the top 1% owe more than $150,000...Since 2007, the average age of marriage is also on the rise—up from 27.5 to 28.7 for men and from 25.6 to 26.5 for women. Conversely, fertility rates and home ownership among young adults continues to drop."