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Pomp and New Circumstances

A random survey of 2006 Columbia graduates about their GPAs, how much money they think they�ll make, and if they agree with Hillary that they�re lazy and entitled.

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College is over now. Do you wish you’d worked less and partied harder?
Yes . . . 16
No . . . 73
Unsure/No answer . . . 11

What are you doing next year?
Entry-level job . . . 46
Grad school . . . 11
Law school . . . 9
Traveling . . . 5
Med school . . . 4
Finding myself . . . 2
Interning . . . 2
Moving home . . . 1
Other . . . 2
Don’t know yet . . . 19

If you do have a job, what field is it in?
Finance . . . 13
Consulting . . . 7
Engineering . . . 6
Law . . . 5
Social work/nonprofit . . . 4
Education . . . 4
Medicine . . . 3
Urban planning . . . 3
“Retail” “The United Nations” “Journalism” “Transportation planning” “Interpreting” “Ski-lift operator . . . hopefully”

Hillary Clinton derided your generation as entitled for having grown up in a “culture that has a premium on instant gratification.” What’s your favorite form of instant gratification?
Instant messaging . . . 17
Credit cards . . . 13
MP3 downloading . . . 8
Text messaging . . . 8
TiVo . . . 8
Drug-delivery service . . . 3
Emotion-free casual sex . . . 11
“Internet porn” “Google” “Ice cream”

Do you think Hillary had a point and your peers are lazy?
Yes . . . . . . . 35
No . . . . . . . 44
Don’t know. . . . 21

Do you think she has a point and you are lazy?
Yes . . . 19
No . . . 68
Don’t know . . . 8
That question is too hard to think about . . . 5

What was your GPA?
2.5–3.0 . . . 3
3.0–3.3 . . .17
3.3–3.7 . . . 25
3.7–4.0 . . . 48
No answer . . . . 7

Did you write a thesis?
Yes . . . 35
No . . . 63
No answer . . . . . 2
“Guan Xi: The Use of Networking in Sino American Business Relations” “Introducing Transit to Low-Density Environments” “Beyond Rights: Reconfiguring Indian Feminism” “A Decent General Average of Achievement: Hitler and the Great German Art Exhibition”

How much do you expect to start making at your first job?
Nothing . . . 4
$20,000–$30,000 . . . 17
$30,000–$40,000 . . . 12
$40,000–$50,000 . . . 16
$50,000–$75,000 . . . 26
More than that . . . 18
No answer . . . 7

Are you staying in New York City?
Yes . . . 51
No . . . 34
Unsure . . . 14
If I get a job . . . 1

Are your parents going to subsidize you at all next year?
Yes . . . 29
No . . .71
“Whatever I want, without limits”

Are they going to pay for your apartment?
Yes . . . 26
No . . . 65
Have to ask . . . 7
No answer . . . 2

How much debt do you have from student loans and credit cards?
None . . . 23
$5,000–$15,000 . . .19
$15,000–$30,000 . . . 19
$30,000–$50,000 . . . 10
$50,000–$100,000 . . . 16
More than that . . . 6
No answer . . . 7

Do you ever wish you’d gone to a cheaper school?
Yes . . . 11
No . . . 57
Yes, but it was worth it . . . 30
No answer . . . 2

How much do you expect to make in ten years?
$30,000–$40,000 . . . 3
$40,000–$50,000 . . . 0
$50,000–$75,000 . . . 9
$75,000–$125,000 . . . 9
$125–$175,000 . . . 23
$175,000–$250,000 . . . 22
More than that . . . 28
No response . . . 6

Do you expect to stop work when you have kids? (Women only)
Yes . . . 9
No . . . 36

Do you think your generation will be better off than your parents’ generation?
Yes . . . 51
No . . . 22
Unsure . . . 23
No answer . . . 4

Would you ever work for the CIA, military, or Department of Homeland Security?
Yes . . . 33
No . . . 59 (“Hell no!”)
I have a job with one of them now . . . 2
No answer . . . 6

Domestic surveillance:
Makes me very angry . . . 51
Doesn’t bother me . . . 35
No answer . . . 14

Have you ever joined a protest?
Yes . . . . . . . 52
No . . . . . . . 44
No answer. . . 4

Do you have a blog, Facebook or MySpace page?
Yes . . . . . . . 71
No . . . . . . . 27
No answer. . . 2

What is the greatest of the Great Books?
The Iliad . . . 7
Plato’s Republic . . . 4
The Bible . . . 2
The Great Gatsby . . . 2
Crime and Punishment . . . 2
The Brothers Karamazov . . . 2
"Atlas Shrugged” “On the Road” “The Wealth of Nations” “Great Expectations” “Invisible Man” “Lord of the Rings” “The Da Vinci Code” “Moby Dick” “Goodnight Moon” “Zagat’s”

Do you think you’ll get what you want out of life?
Yes . . . 62
No . . . 7
Possibly . . . 21
Don’t know . . . 5
No answer . . . 5

Will you be famous?
Yes . . . 16
No . . . 27
Possibly . . . 51
Already am . . . 5
"I prefer the word ‘renowned.’ ”


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