In 2006, I entered Penn State, not knowing much about college or what I wanted to do for the rest of my life. “Just work hard and get good grades,” they said. “Everything will take care of itself.” So that’s what I did. Ultimately, I got exactly what I wanted: in 2010, I graduated at the top of my class.
Since I did exactly what everyone said would work, I expected employers to bombard me with job offers. Who doesn’t want to hire the “smartest” guy in the class? Turns out, a lot of people. Despite my achievements, by graduation I had zero job offers. Zero.
The funny thing was, my fraternity brother (one of the biggest slackers I knew) scored one of the best jobs possible after graduation. I didn’t have a job, period. This guy barely went to class, hardly studied, and played more FIFA (the video game) than anyone I had ever met. He did everything “wrong.” I did everything “right.” But he was the one with the dream job. Why?
I realized that the rules I was playing by were broken. Everyone had told me (wrongly, as I discovered too late) that just by working hard and graduating college, everyone gets a dream job. In reality, they don’t.
Today, no one talks about the consequences of doing college wrong. Here are some real-life statistics that students will likely join if they carry out a broken college approach:
- Nearly 50% underemployment for all new college graduates
- Over 83% of graduates don’t have a job lined up when they graduate
- Approximately $1.3 trillion in student loan debt is owed, even though 39% of graduates can’t repay
It doesn’t have to be this way. I learned too late. But you can learn now.
After spending 7 years in college (4 in undergrad and 3 in law school) I know how to play the game. I know what employers want, where tuition is best spent, and how to prepare for exams.
That’s why I wrote HACKiversity, a book that shows college students what to do and how to do it. In essence, it’s a battle-tested lesson book of everything I wish I would have known Day 1 of Freshman year. Knowing these things would have changed my life. I’ve written it to change yours.