Add to that this terribly grim story by Daniel Menaker about the state of the publishing business and you've got one unhappy blogger.
This is far from a pity call, so don't think that, but I would have a hard time telling college students that being a writer is a good career move. It is harder than hard to crack into (see the story, see me!), but also the newspaper and magazine business is so unnerving that one should go to law school or culinary school. Entry level newspaper work (sometimes not even entry level newspaper work), pays only $22,000 a year. With student loans, rent, car payments, cell phone, you name it, you simply cannot support yourself and this is after you committed four or five years of undergraduate study that was supposed create opportunity and modest prosperity. Don't you want a ROI?
I think guidance counselors and even parents would be wise to temper the enthusiasm that college is the gate key. It isn't.
Your mettle will be tested every second and perseverance stretched. How will you respond?
Hmmm, things would be easier if the Red Sox and Pats won. Or if the Yankees lost.