I find this post quite relevant, as I am preparing for a stab at the general GRE this weekend and feeling immensely unprepared and overwhelmingly discouraged. I suppose there’s more to life than examinations, incomplete homework, and a long list of events that happen at the same time, each of which I am either obligated or required to attend. Perhaps it’s best to pay attention to people like Lewis. After all, “It all looks perfectly hopeless. Yet the vast majority of us manage to get in somewhere and shake down somehow in the end.”
It’s no secret that we live in disillusioning times. We are raising a generation with messages like “you can do anything,” and “you are special.” At the same time we are experiencing long-term unemployment and underemployment. Anyone who is seeking a “dream job”—writer, artist, CEO, non-profit manager, or pure science researcher—is facing what seems like sheer impossibilities. Even teachers, that long standby, are finding it difficult to get full-time work doing what they love.
The result is that this after-school special generation is struggling with vocational identity. They are entering college and university programs without a clear sense of why they are there. They are entering career paths that offer potentials for employment, without knowing for sure that there is a skill match. And those that…
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