No matter what the topic of discussion is, money is always an important factor. Especially when talking about a college education.
An email was sent to me last week asking for my opinion on my experience at Purdue this year. I have had final exams with less questions than this nuisance, and I had nothing but negative things to say. Whoever came up with the “Comments” section at the end should’ve known what they were getting themselves into. I basically wrote that the only thing that is worth my time and money here is the aviation technology program and that the price to call myself a Boilermaker should not be in excess of $50,000.
I sent an email to my adviser yesterday explaining that I had been doing some soul-searching over the past few weeks and have decided that I can’t even afford to pursue my associate’s degree here because it’s too expensive. I also told her that I’ve figured I can earn my pilot ratings/certificates on my own time somewhere else.
The new Cirrus fleet is also one of my reasons for wanting to pack my bags and get out of Dodge. I know from personal experience (transition to a DA-20 Katana) that when both student and instructor are learning a new airplane, progress is made at an alarmingly sluggish rate. When both people are expected to finish a certain flight course in 15 weeks, the pressure is even greater. I disagreed with the idea of replacing our Piper Warrior III fleet with Cirrus SR-20s from the beginning, but I am just a student who has absolutely no say in how the university spends $10 million dollars. I do, however, have a say in how I spend my own money. This is why I’m seeking somewhere else for an education.
What can I say – this is all part of growing up.