Suits, Ties, and Higher Education

I’ve been watching Suits after some extreme nudging from those around me and I’m not going to lie, it’s an amazing show. I mean, what’s not to love! The music is great, the characters are believable, and the fashion is incredible… but it’s the premise of the show that really got to me. Mike Ross, one of the main characters, never went to Harvard and yet he landed an associate position with an extremely popular corporate lawyer Harvey Specter all because of his wit and his gift of memorizing and understanding everything he reads. Aka, he gets a chance to make a lot of money without the education to back him up. But, of course, this is illegal. VERY illegal.

*lightbulb*

This got me thinking about real life. There are brilliant people like Mike Ross out there and yet, they don’t reach their full potential because they lack the higher education. It’s a bold statement to say, but unfortunately it is true. They say that this is the era for opportunities which are readily available to all those who seek it… but is it really? Higher education is expensive and with the economy in such bad shape, why should people spend so much money on degree after degree when the promise of a lucrative job available upon graduation is non-existent? Furthermore, for some families, scrounging up the money for higher education seems like a burden, so some people are deprived of the vital support and funds.

Granted that there are some fields where higher education is needed like, for instance, the medical field. Personally, I would feel a whole lot better being treated by someone who has their credentials. But in that being said, getting the essential education shouldn’t be so hard. Solution? What if obtaining higher education wasn’t so expensive? What if it were, dare I say, free? I’m sure you’d agree with me when I say that that would tap into a wealth of brilliant, disadvantaged people. Then, this would truly be the era of opportunities.

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4 thoughts on “Suits, Ties, and Higher Education”

  1. first, watch white collar once you’re done with suits.

    second, there are certain parts of the world that do provide free education such as australia.

    at the same time, neo-liberalism forces people to go to school to make money. look around at the reasons why people wanted to go to school from early 80s and before. people wanted to go to school to learn, to understand the world better and to enjoy coexistence with one another.

    neo-liberalism sucks

    1. Yes for sure, but I feel that North America is really behind on this concept of free education when it comes to post-secondary education. We need to hop on this bandwagon before it’s too late.

      I agree, the intention to pursue higher education has shifted… but can you blame people? Materialism and capitalism play a huge role nowadays and emphasis is now on getting a higher paid job to support an extravagant lifestyle. It’s so sad indeed as pursuing education should be about opening your mind and understanding the world… but that’s not the case anymore.

      Great comment hk, thanks for the share :)

  2. Farrah, google “coursera” you’re going to love it. Its the start of offering free education. UW is in the talks to set up with it next. U of T already offers a few courses, and so do a lot of good schools in the U.S, and other global universities :) It’s happening slowly but surely :)

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