Graduation season is in full swing, and as anxious students finish degrees and search for employment, professors and speakers are encouraging them to â€śfollow their dreams.â€ť
For the most part.
One nay-saying professor, however, is teaching her students about the cold, hard reality that exists in the real world.
Occidental Collegeâ€™s Professor Lisa Wade explains that telling grads to follow their dreams is bad advice - both impractical and harmful to studentsâ€™ expectations.
â€śI think it is actually kind of cruel to give that advice,â€ť Wade said on HuffPost Live. â€śFirst, because a lot of students donâ€™t know what they want to do and so they feel this incredible pressure to figure out what their passion is just at that one moment.â€ť
Admittedly, Wade's words do hit close to home, particularly when it comes to the uncertainties graduates are faced with.
That being said, Wadeâ€™s reasoning strikes a depressing chord as she explains that most students wonâ€™t be able to follow their dreams and that theyâ€™ll end up with mediocre jobs.
â€śI think it is just absurd to think that the majority of Americans are going to be able to follow their passions, to get paid to do what you love,â€ť Wade said. â€śHistorically speaking, that has been incredibly rare and is still incredibly rare. So I think it sets students up for failure.â€ť
Her explanation might be true, but striving for excellence never hurts. Striving for mediocrity, however, can be a paralyzing goal, especially when the â€śwhat ifâ€ť regrets set in later in life.