Graduate demands a job or refund of tuition

This example may be one end of the extreme, but we’ve got a recent college graduate – who has probably been coddled her entire life – demanding a refund on her college tuition because she can’t find a job. Our entitlement society may be creating dopes like Trina Thompson.

I really feel sorry for Ms. Thompson. It sucks not being able to find a job, and one day it’s very possible that Thompson will have a good job and get laid off. That will suck even more. Welcome to life Trina, where you can’t always get what you want.

To clarify Thompson’s position, she is claiming Monroe College is not doing enough to help her find employment after graduating in April. Therefore, she thinks she is entitled to a refund of her tuition – $70,000.

From NBC New York

She went to college to boost her chances of finding a great job once she got out of school, but now that that hasn’t happened, Trina Thompson wants her money back.

Thompson, a graduate of Monroe College, is suing her school for the $70,000 she spent on tuition because she hasn’t found solid employment since receiving her bachelor’s degree in April, according to a published report.

The business-oriented school in the Bronx didn’t do enough to help her find a job, Thompson alleges, so she wants a refund.

So it’s been about 90 days since graduation, the economy is officially in a recession, and Thompson thinks by now, all should be rosy and she should be living her dream life. I can’t help but wonder if her attitude is the result of  an education system that no longer caters to the individual, but promotes the collective. Or maybe amateur sports programs where everything, all the time, must be fair.

Curiously, Thompson’s lawsuit is quite similar to my godchild’s minor meltdown last night when she was not given the chance to “win” a game of Wii Tennis. Although somewhat acceptable for a 5 year-old, at 27, Trina needs to grow up.

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Steve McGough

Steve's a part-time conservative blogger. Steve grew up in Connecticut and has lived in Washington, D.C. and the Bahamas. He resides in Connecticut, where he’s comfortable six months of the year.


  1. phil on August 3, 2009 at 4:34 am

    Just a litttle more proof that education is not a cure for stupidity.

  2. Dimsdale on August 3, 2009 at 4:55 am

    Well, you can't blame her from the perspective that the implied promise is that "you can't get a good job if you don't go to college!"   How many times have you heard that?

    That being said, I have a Ph.D., and I have been unemployed plenty of times, and even sold cars for almost two years.    There are  NO guaranteed jobs, unless you are a Kennedy perhaps, or the son/daughter of a politician.

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