Originally Posted by Optomchick
She's the head of financial aid and she had a lot of data to back up the claim. Basically, I figure it's #3 on your list, that ODs are just sucking it up and working at Walmart, or #2 that they're just doing the 30 year repayment...either way, I found it kind of interesting that no one has been ****ed over and defaulted according to her data. I don't see why she would lie, she has no motivation to sell me SCCO.
She works for SCCO. She has EVERY motivation to sell you on it. Where will her job be if enrollment declines and students start choosing other professions? I wonder if that might have a little to do with why SCCO recently added a PA program. Sounds like they're already creating a backup plan for when OD enrollment drops. I don't care if she's the president of SCCO, she has no way of making that claim. That's like going to the Honda dealership and having the salesperson say they've never had a car they sold break down on the highway. I'm not on here saying there are thousands or even hundreds of ODs defaulting. I doubt many new grads are defaulting. For one thing, there's the grace period, but on top of that, there's no shortage of crap jobs out there. Sure, they may be PT or in some rat hole Rx mill that's thousands or hundreds of miles from where they want to live, but a new grad faced with no income or one that pays the bills, unless he's a fool, will take whatever he can get. Like I said, we're not at the point yet where new grads face rampant unemployment. It's coming, but it's not here yet.
Flip the tables. You say the FT employee at SCCO has no motivation to sell you on SCCO. Well, I'm on this forum, currently almost out of the profession completely. I have absolutely no reason to "unsell" you from the profession, other than to try and let people know that what they are buying into is not actually what they think it is. Optometry is a profession that faces a grim future for its young'ins. If you choose to ignore that, it's your choice, but the numbers to support what I and others are saying are right in front of you.