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Take some risks

Jonathan Kozol says: stick your neck out!

What I tell these young people is, the world is not as dangerous as the older generation would like you to believe. Anyone I know who has ever taken a risk and lost a job has ended up getting a better one two years later. The ones I pity are the ones who never stick out their neck for something they believe, never know the taste of moral struggle, and never have the thrill of victory.


The reason we went to law school is because we're not risk takers. How else do you explain so few of us going into public interest work that we really want to do and taking the 125k salaries slaving away at MegaMartFirm?

Speak for yourself.

Academia is still a 125k job. I'm talking about the 40-50k public interest jobs.

If all the Michigan students took public interest jobs after graduation, the loan forgiveness program would collapse. Of course, the reason tuitions (and hence loan payments) are so high is that most Michigan students go into the program with the expectation that they will make the 125K to begin with. It's a vicious, self-repeating cycle.

Well, I'm arguably part of the "older generation" and I don't think the world is all that scary. But, then, I've taken lots of job risks (and many of them did not pan out) and never been hurt by it. I always did advance.

And, I hope to be one of those students who benefits from the loan forgiveness program.

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