Tina Fey and Paul Rudd are two of the funniest people in Hollywood and their latest movie tackles a topic every parent worries about: college for their kids.
If you think life after college is challenging, try getting into college these days. Tina Fey and Paul Rudd take on the dog-eat-dog world of the college admissions process in the aptly titled new movie, Admission. You don’t have to be on the honor roll to know that this comic combo is an A+.
“How do you juggle being a dad and growing a mustache?” -Tina Fey
— Christopher Bowers (@CSB_22) March 20, 2013
In the film, Tina Fey plays Portia Nathan, an overly-ambitious admissions officer at Princeton. Paul Rudd plays John Pressman, who runs an alternative high school in New Hampshire. Although the movie tackles a very important subject, it’s still heavy on the laughs.
“They’re going to go to college on their phones.” -Tina Fey
— Pink The Town (@PinkTheTown) March 20, 2013
Paul Rudd went to Kansas University and Tina Fey went to Katie’s alma mater, University of Virginia. What were these comedians like in their college days?
“I really enjoyed being in college.” -Paul Rudd
— Isaiah Cardona (@IsaiahCardona) March 20, 2013
When Katie was a student at UVA in the late seventies, the tuition was about $1,000 a year for an in-state student. Today, most public schools cost about $15,000 a year and the average private school is about $40,000 per year. The typical college graduate is saddled with more than $23,000 in student loan debt. Add to that a tough job market and the advent of less expensive online alternatives, it’s no wonder a lot of people are wondering: Is college worth the cost? Katie asks a panel of experts: Tatyana Ali is an actress, singer, a Harvard graduate and a big advocate for higher education; Jim O’Neill is the co-founder of the controversial Peter Theil fellowships; Marc Lamont Hill is an associate professor of education at Columbia University; and Dale Stephens was one of first recipients of the Theil fellowship and the founder of the “uncollege movement.”
“I like the idea of encouraging innovation…but I don’t believe you can do that without a solid education base.” -Marc Lamont Hill
— Amy Smith (@AmySchmidtSmith) March 20, 2013
It seems like going to college and getting that degree has become a part of the American Dream. But for too many students buried in student loan debt with no job prospects in sight, has that dream turned into a nightmare? Is a traditional college experience for everyone? Mike Rowe says no. The Dirty Jobs host is a huge proponent of vocational jobs and says many young people are looking for work in all the wrong places.
“There’s a lot of good work out there that is simply never talked about.” -Mike Rowe
@katiecouric college degree will get you an interview, but a skill will get you a job. I think both are valuable & rewarding individually.
— James Winfro (@JWinfro) March 20, 2013
A good education lasts a lifetime, but sadly the student loan debt seems to as well. Stephanie Hood from Washington D.C. conquered $90,000 dollars worth of debt just a month ago. How did she do it? Stephanie and financial expert Alexa von Tobel share some tips on not only getting out of student debt, but also on how you can stay debt free.
“Start trying to make extra cash on the side.” -Alexa Von Tobel
The @katieshow is talking about college debt. Thinking about my grad school debt & my monthly payments just makes me want to cry.
— Stefanie Gordon (@Stefmara) March 20, 2013
Do you think college is worth it?