Kids, don’t take college advice from TV shows, OK?
I’m a big fan of Friday Night Lights, which just started its third season on NBC after starting on DirecTV. Not only are some characters back for their sixth year of high school (without losing football eligibility) but there’s a plot line about Tyra pursuing her college dreams by applying to University of Texas at Austin, despite her B- average. She furiously rejects the idea of community college as though it’s only for white trash who aspire to be strippers.
Her most affordable path to a college degree is to live at home, work part-time, attend community college and then transfer if she needs a four-year degree to achieve her desired career in business. Or she could apply to less selective four-year colleges, such as UT-Elsewhere, and take on college loans to pay her way. There are lots of ways for motivated students to make college a reality. It’s not a big-name university or nothing.
Football star “Smash” Williams injured his knee and lost his college scholarship. He’s now working full-time at the Alamo Freeze. No football, no college. Go to community college, Smash. You can still be on the show.
On the other hand, the coach’s wife, with two years’ experience as a counselor, has become the high school principal. Perhaps Smash should apply for a job as CEO of Alamo Freeze. Unlike time-warped Tyra, Lyla and Tim, Smash has a high school diploma.