Posted in The Hippo on September 10, 2015. Written by LNH's Executive Director, Steve Reno
One summer he was accepted into a prestigious science camp and his interest blossomed. Thenhe began working at a local business,eventually being promoted to a managerial role even at his young age. As the years went by, our breakfast conversations touched on college planning and we went back and forth on the pros and cons of various institutions, especially the cost and the return on investment. He was very astute in his analysis. All the while, his folks and I stayed in touch.
In time, he was accepted at one of the country’s premier universities. During his college years, our chats became more of a time for him to educate me on some of the intricacies of his business major. We had great fun. Even before his graduation, he’d been offered several fine jobs. Today, just a few months later, he’s settled and well on his way. Perhaps some day, he’ll return to New Hampshire and bring his values, talents, and initiative here, joining the young professionals who are shaping the future of the Granite State.
Each year, during my time as a university president, I spoke to audiences of parents and prospective students visiting the institution and asked the students present three questions. (1) “How many of you have every bought a computer with your own money?”Several hands would be raised. (2) “How many of you have ever bought a car with your own money?” Perhaps one or two hands would rise. (3) “How many of you have ever bought a house with your own money?” No hands would go up. “But you are about to make a purchase – the cost of your college education – that is nearly equivalent to buying a house. Shouldn’t you be as discerning about that purchase as you were on making your others?”
At a time when there is great discussion regarding the return on investment of a college education, value for dollars paid is certainly a major consideration. So too is a college’s responsibility to ensure that price charged is fair and reasonable. But at the core of it all are the initiative and resourcefulness of the individual.
My one-time neighbor demonstrated that.