Ah, where have the idealists of yesterday gone? It seems that today’s wealth and celebrity obsessed culture is finally rubbing off on our youngest proteges, the future of the world, who used to be a pretty idealistic group – the college students of today. Gosh, back in the sixties and seventies, you probably didn’t hear too many college kids say that number one or number two on their list of goals and aspirations after finishing college were to “make a lot of money” or “be rich” so that they could later pursue their dreams.
Now, it seems college students are more concerned about having college student credit cards and being able to pay for them to have a lifestyle that is cushy than living out their ideals – at least right away. And who can blame them? Who doesn’t want to be financially comfortable? I guess it’s just a question of how much you are compromising your dreams to do that.
Essentially, a very large percentage of today’s college students say that making a lot of money is very high on their list, and they basically want to make the most money up front as a means to their end of carrying out their dreams. I’m trying to remember what my dreams were in college, and as sad as it is to say, I can’t remember, except I do remember that I wanted to be able to help people, and I also was very interested in some day owning my own business, being my own boss so to speak.
I also had a fervent interest in marketing and psychology, and was thinking about getting into advertising. However, I did end up listening to people who said that this field was really tough to break into and make good money in at first, so I ended up going into plain old business management, which wasn’t exactly my fancy. At the age of 33, now, I work a full time corporate job which pays the bills, but isn’t the most exciting or fulfilling work many times.
Don’t get me wrong, I love the people, the job itself leaves something to be desired at times though. I am finally starting to realize some of my dreams in the marketing and entrepreneur field, and I’m kicking myself for not having the gaul to do it sooner. I may be an example of someone who went for the money grab first, and probably wasted lots of time doing something I wasn’t crazy about only to start on my passions later in life, but oh well, I guess at least it’s happening now!