Willow Palin, the middle daughter of former Alaska governor Sarah Palin, is now a college graduate! Wait, isn't she only 19? Yep, but the teen is now a hairstylist, according to a Facebook post by her proud mom.
In planning for her future, Willow thought long and hard about what kind of work would make her happy and provide her with a good income in today’s economy. She’s artistic and has an interest in making people feel and look their best, and as an entrepreneur with a strong work ethic she desires to be her own boss as a small business owner. With all that in mind, she decided to finish her high school requirements quite early and enroll in an academy for hair and skin, which allowed her to study abroad, visit the sets of major media productions, and work with the best of the best in the industry. She’ll be graduated this week with no debt and a great career ahead of her doing something she loves in a recession-proof industry (everyone needs their hair cut after all!).
Good for Willow! It's definitely difficult to graduate without any sort of student loan debt in today's expensive world. Mommy Palin wasn't done there, though. She went on to encourage her young followers to consider trades and vocational training in lieu of traditional college degrees.
Follow your dreams, by all means. But don’t be blind to the fact that your dreams might be achieved outside of acquiring an outrageously expensive traditional college degree. Do not be lulled into thinking that good jobs grow on trees or that the government will somehow take care of you. The bottom line is — as my dad always told me — find out what you love to do, then find out how to make a living doing it. Learning a trade can do both.
Love her or hate her, you have to admit Sarah has a point here.
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