On the value of a college degree

Date: Sun, 01 Feb 1998 11:48:01 -0500
To: “Elijah Kaufman” <@mail.slc.edu>
From: “Amir Lopatin” <@brown.edu>

Hey Eli,
Its great that you are going to graduate. Not that that is really worth much these days. You probably would have done just as well to become a Microsoft certified engineer right out of college, worked 9 to 5 for 50 -70 grand a year and spent the rest of your time sculpting. As for me, I am not looking for intellectual fulfillment in my career. All I want is a good salry and time off to pursue my real interests, like computer games, driving fast cars, and making itwith short girls who have ambigously indian names. I think that is the smartest route someone can take.
Everybody here at brown thinks that there job has to be the road to self fulfiilment, but not me, I look forward to a life as a peon for corporate america. Besides though, the truth is that computer work is a lot less drudge than most jobs people take right out of college. So I think becoming a systems engineer, is a great idea. DId you know there are 190k free jobs in the computer industry. The things is that it looks very good to be able to program as well so you should stick with you c++ book. Are you learning Windows programming or just conventional dos like programming? So Whats Eireann like? Why do you only say “kinda with”? Anyways, check out this Sarah girl for me. THe truth is that I have no time to meet women anymore.
I am taking a graduate level cs class that I am too stupid for. I worked about thrity hours on a program that I couldn’t get working last week. I am well on my way to failing and it is only two weeks into the semester. Oy vay!
p.s. Thanks for saying that I am good-looking.