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Editorial: From the Edge

 by Megan Irwin  published on Thursday, September 22, 2005

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Megan Irwin


There are some things I just don't understand about other college students. For example, I don't understand why people think Dos Gringos is fun. I don't "get" Bob Marley or Dave Matthews Band. But what baffles me most is the desire that most college students have to jump straight into an office job right as soon as they finish school.

I understand that we're all here, working our asses off and spending a lot of money, to earn a degree so that we can start a career someday. But I don't understand why we have this idea that we have to be at a certain level of success by a certain age, or why that means we have to jump straight into office life post graduation. The former student featured in this week's story "Cube Life" (page 12) did just that, and it freaks me out. As I edited that story this week all I could think was "This sounds awful."

Everyone tells us, "You have to start at the bottom to get to the top." I won't argue with that. I just don't understand why the bottom has to be so awful. I don't understand why my peers are so eager to rush toward middle age, numbing their minds and sense of adventure behind a computer terminal.

I'm not saying you should trash your diploma or throw out the education you've earned at ASU. I'm just saying we ought to trash the notion that growing up means putting yourself through long days of work at a job that bores you. We need to give up the thought that success is measured by a paycheck.

When I attend my high school reunion in five years I'm sure the room will be filled with people just like the subject of "Cube Life." They'll all have "good" jobs, families, own their homes. And there's nothing wrong with that. I just don't get it. At that reunion when people ask me, "So what have you been up to?" I don't want to have to give an answer that involves an office job, a mortgage or babies.

I want to look them in the face and say, "Everything." And I want to really mean it.

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