I applaud Laura Pritchett’s May article “The Full Catastrophe,” and suggest she take her message on a road trip of Colorado colleges this spring. After graduating with a bachelor’s degree, investing thousands of dollars into flight training, and spending five years as a professional pilot, more than a hundred of my colleagues and I were abruptly sent to the unemployment line after an Indianapolis-based airline purchased ours. This was never the plan when I walked across the stage to accept my degree. Nor was the idea that as a professional pilot my earnings wouldn’t top $25,000 except for a brief moment before being laid off. Pritchett’s message is especially relevant today: Your life will not go as planned, and the old rules no longer apply. Degrees don’t guarantee jobs, and nothing guarantees heath, wealth, or success. Only your resolve, stubbornness, and choices will shape your future. I sincerely wish she had given my commencement address.
Jonathan Wojcik Denver