27 yo College grad, 2.7 GPA, suing for $72k
A recent college graduate is suing her alma mater for $72,000–the full cost of her tuition and then some–because she cannot find a job.
- Monroe College graduate says career office didn’t help her with job placement
- She seeks $70,000 for tuition and $2,000 to compensate for stress
- Office shows preferential treatment to students with better grades, she says
- College says it is “committed to working with all its students”
Continuing another in the long line of frivolous lawsuits, except unlike Liebeck v. McDonald’s Restaurants and similar, the complainant wasn’t physically injured (I ain’t touching mental anguish) by the defendant. She just didn’t get what she wanted, which is usually the type of story that winds up on The Consumerist, not national news. In fact, it did! Her original filing is here, in which she misspells tuition, reimbursement and counselor.
It’s been ages since my college days, but I am fairly sure that my degree didn’t come with any promises of employment attached. In fact, from the number of High School and College alums* hitting me up on Facebook to support their new film project, business or political ambitions, I’m guessing no one else’s did either.
So far, neither her filing nor any news articles produce documentation from Monroe with wording that implies what Thompson expected. Their Office of Career Advancement does mention each student having a “Career Advisor who provides one-on-one assistance with career decision-making, resume and letter writing, and job search strategies.” To me that says assistance, not legwork and certainly not handing out a job, or even an interview on a silver platter.
The numerology of the situation is delightful. Ms. Thompson is 27 years old, achieved a 2.7 GPA and is suing for $72,000. Perhaps if she returns to school later in life, she’ll manage that 4.0 and be an employment shoe-in! Even so, let’s treat this as a life lesson. Much like the McDonald’s coffee case caused us to print “hot” warnings on coffee cups, we should now do the same for diplomas. “Warning: The diploma you’re about to enjoy implies intelligence but does not guarantee employment.”
I won’t say she’s stupid, but definitely misguided about how to get what you want in life. And starting out with this attitude can only lead to more “it’s not my fault, it’s their fault” situations. A very ugly side of entitlement, but one that’s all too present these days.
* Most the high school alums are those that picked on me relentlessly, and most of the college alums are people I never even knew.