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Wednesday, August 5, 2009

Student sues her college, worst idea ever

By now everyone has heard about Trina Thompson, the 27-year-old Bronx resident who is suing her alma mater Monroe College in New York because she has not been able to get a job in the 3 months since she graduated.

Thompson, who has not retained the services of a lawyer, apparently believe the college owes her $70,000 in reimbursed tuition and an additional $2000 for the stress she has had to endure in trying to find a job.

Not surprisingly, public reaction to the lawsuit has been almost entirely negative towards the unapologetic Thompson, who said she would encourage other unemployeed grdautes to sue, saying "It doesn't make any sense: They went to school for four years, and then they come out working at McDonald's and Payless. That's not what they planned."

What doesn't make any sense is how anyone can go through four years of higher education and not understand that their tuition is payment for that education and in no way a guarantee of employment. Thompson has said the school's placement department has not helped her as much as they should have and show preferential treatment prefer to students with higher GPAs (Thompson graduated with a 2.7 GPA). Imagine that.

Unfortunately for Thompson, her obviously frivolous lawsuit will most likely do the exact opposite of what she wants. In addition to having he case thrown out, Thompson will likely have a much harder time finding a job now that employers know she shows a lack of common sense, is quick to file frivolous lawsuits, and appears to have a massive sense of entitlement. Not the best way to stand out in the worst job market in decades.

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