When my kids were preparing to go to college, I made one critical point to them. I said I would support them both emotionally and financially, provided that they had a major subject that would get them a job when they graduated.

I would, not however, support a major in the Anthropological History of the Left-footed, Beige Platypus in the 1700s in Australia ... not unless they were going on to graduate school to teach or study the subject. No, what I meant was a major that would get them a decent position. I saw too easily a friend whose daughter went to a highly prestigious and very expensive Ivy League college and then wound up getting a job for $11,000 a year running errands. Why? Because she had some obscure major that couldn't even get her arrested.

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