Entered Emory, Fell Out of Emory, $60,000 in Debt

Angelica’s life will be hard without a college degree and $60,000 in college debt, but a college degree does not bring with it a guarantee of employment in our current economy. Many years from now, a college educated and unemployed Angelica would be happy to have that job at Walmart.

Prometheus Unbound

A cautionary tale of students from lumpen proletariat American families (families that sell their labor but have no assets to speak of) in the New York Times recently:

Angelica Gonzales marched through high school in Goth armor — black boots, chains and cargo pants — but […] vowed to become the first in her family to earn a college degree.

“I don’t want to work at Walmart” like her mother, she wrote to a school counselor.

Weekends and summers were devoted to a college-readiness program, where her best friends, Melissa O’Neal and Bianca Gonzalez, shared her drive to “get off the island” — escape the prospect of dead-end lives in luckless Galveston.

That was four years ago. What happened and where are they now?

Angelica, a daughter of a struggling Mexican immigrant, was headed to Emory University. Bianca enrolled in community college, and Melissa left for Texas State University, President…

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