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Here Are Some Of The Most Useless Degrees And We’re Sorry If You Spent The Money And Time On It

Earlier this year, Forbes reported a $1.5 trillion dollar crisis of student loan debt in the United States. Currently, 44.2 million people are currently living with student loan debt. The culture of trading education for a seemingly lifelong commitment to debt has become such a burden to our society, that the topic has become a hot button issue in politics.

That said, there’s no guarantee that politicians will forgive student debt, or that the expensive degree you’re after will make it any easier to pay off that debt. Here’s our ranking of the top ten most useless degrees for 2019.

1. Photography

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For the record, the projected growth for all job positions in the next decade averages at 9.7 percent, according to Kiplinger. Photographers are expected to grow in demand by just 1.2 percent.

Instead of dropping money on a college major, consider assisting a professional photographer, or build your skills as a hobbyist while gaining business insights in college.

2. Fashion Design

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The projected job growth rate for fashion designers is expected to be 6.1 percent over the next decade. Those that make it to the nation’s top design schools often have to work for less than minimum wage for years until raking in fatter paychecks. You also have to be comfortable with living in either New York or Los Angeles for the rest of your career, if you stay in the U.S.

3. Paralegal Studies

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We all know Lady Justice isn’t quite color blind in the U.S., and applaud anyone seeking to even the playing field. Paralegals as a profession are expected to grow 13.3 percent in the next decade. That said, majoring in it won’t give you any real advantage and will just pigeonhole you into the profession.

All you need is an associate’s degree in paralegal studies and you can expect to make $40,400 as a starting salary. The salary growth isn’t nearly as good as for lawyers. If you’re just looking for a stepping stone to become a lawyer, becoming a paralegal isn’t it.

4. Philosophy

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As someone who majored in this field herself, I can tell you your undergraduate studies years will be very satisfying, but your satisfaction will decrease every year post-grad. That is unless you plan to work in the academic world. Then, the median starting salary for philosophy majors is $48,200 per year.

If not, then know you’re shelling out for a spiritual experience and not a career boost.

5. Culinary Arts

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Save your money and just work your way up the restaurant ladder if your dream is to become a chef. The industry is expected to grow by 13.4 percent, but it does fluctuate along with the economy. That means if we experience another depression, you’ll be more hard hit than other professions.

6. Art History

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Over 20 percent of degree holders in this field have dropped out of the workforce. If you want to become a conservator, you’ll need a master’s degree, and even then, you can expect to earn around $55,000 a year.

If you know your future is in art, study digital bookkeeping. Archivists around the globe are transitioning to digitize their records.

7. Advertisement

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If you’re looped into politics at all, you know that the advertising industry is shifting and morphing more quickly than policies can keep up with. Billboards are over.

Social media paid advertising is how products reach consumers these days. If you’re interested in the spirit of advertising, study Data Analytics. Advertising has become an algorithm of targeting consumers with a product they may have already searched, or, more controversially, that their demographic may be more attracted to.

8. Radio and Television

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If you want to be on radio or television, try not to. Radio and TV announcers are facing a 12.9% percent decline in positions over the next decade. Plus, employers prefer a degree in journalism or broadcasting instead. Keep more doors open if you’re really interested in this career path. It may not be viable for much longer, and you’ll be able to use a broader degree in our ever-advancing world.

9. Graphic Design

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If you love creating graphics, you might want to fine tune that talent on your own time and gain some web-focused skills. Graphic designers are projected to grow in demand by 6.4 percent in an already competitive field.

Try studying UX design while building your portfolio in UI design to make for a competitive candidate in a booming field.

10. Hospitality & Tourism

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If you want to work in the travel industry, invest in a business or hotel management major. Their pay starts out at $44,000, versus $23,000 for resort desk clerks. Expect to earn $89,000 by mid-career in a hotel management position.

What do you think about these degrees? Are you about to graduate with one of them? Let us know.

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Anthony Ramos Recalls Lin-Manuel Miranda’s Advice About Not Having To Change How You Speak

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Anthony Ramos Recalls Lin-Manuel Miranda’s Advice About Not Having To Change How You Speak

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The 92nd Academy Awards were filled with unexpected wins and losses. However, the red carpet was home to some of the most memorable moments of the night. One moment that really stood out was Anthony Ramos telling Ryan Seacrest one of the first bits of advice Lin-Manuel Miranda gave him.

Anthony Ramos dazzled on the red carpet at last night’s Academy Awards.

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Ramos and his fiancée Jasmine Cephas Jones stunned on the red carpet with their looks. Ramos and Jones got engaged in December 2018 after knowing each other for three years as costars on the wildly successful “Hamilton.”

During his interview with Ryan Seacrest, Ramos recalled a touching moment he had with Lin-Manuel Miranda.

Seacrest asked the rising star about his time spent working with Miranda and Ramos had a touching story ready to go.

“Lin told me a quote one time,” Ramos told Seacrest. “I cracked a joke and I was like, ‘Ah. That’s kind of hood. I should probably change the way I speak.’ Lin said, ‘Papa, you never need to change the way you speak. You just have to make sure that people understand you.’ I’ll never forget that quote.”

Ramos added about the authenticity Miranda draws from him: “Just be honest. Just be who you are and be honest and he just kind of let me do my thing on set.”

The advice is something so many people of color can relate to and appreciate.

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Whether it is sounding hood like Ramos said or speaking with an accent, our voices have been made to feel less than. Miranda’s advice is something so many people could have used when they were younger. There is nothing more empowering than owning every part of your identity and your voice and accent are part of that. There is nothing wrong with sounding like your background as long as you make sure everyone else can understand you and who you are.

The moment is reminding fans how much they care for Ramos’s and Miranda’s relationship.

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A quick search on the Internet will show you the kind of friendly love between the two entertainers. Miranda has spent time in his own career to uplift the upcoming actor. During the awards ceremony, Miranda called Ramos a movie star giving a nod to the highly anticipated performance by Ramos in the upcoming “In The Heights” film.

Who else is excited to see this bromance grow this year?

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It is these kinds of those friendships that we want more of. Thank you for showing off that Latin excellence while uplifting each other. That’s the kind of energy we need to take into 2020.

READ: Trailer For ‘In The Heights’ Is Finally Here And It Looks Like A Latino Fairytale

Shakira’s Song ‘Whenever, Wherever” Reaches No. 1 After Her Super Bowl Performance But Latinos Have Always Adored Her

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Shakira’s Song ‘Whenever, Wherever” Reaches No. 1 After Her Super Bowl Performance But Latinos Have Always Adored Her

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As the youngest in five, I rarely had the chance to travel alone.

How could I? With a paranoid mom and a closed-off dad, it was hard to ask for permission to venture out on my own. Sure, I had traveled a lot including abroad but I was either always with a family member or close friends. One year, my friend Sandra and I ventured throughout Mexico — a country I had never discovered on my own. When I was younger, I mostly stayed in the state of Nayarit because that’s where my family is from. So I never had a reason, or the courage, to learn more about the surrounding states in Mexico.

That was until my friend Sandra introduced me to a magical city, right in the center of the country.

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She had studied in Queretaro, Mexico, as part of her study-abroad program in college. I felt a little ashamed that someone like me — a proud Mexican Latina — had never been there, let alone any other state outside of Nayarit.

She took me there years later when I was 25 and fell in love with this incredible historic city — and sequentially someone else too.

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One night — at a club — I saw a man, unlike anyone I had ever seen before.

Think of a Mexican version of John F. Kennedy Jr. He was dapper, preppy, and totally hot.

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Completely out of my league too — or so I thought.

I didn’t think I’d ever see him again, but the following night we returned to that same club and there he was, but this time at the table next to ours.

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I coyly started dancing with him because why not? We ended up dancing the entire night together and I felt like I was literally floating.

Being there, in Queretaro, among local Mexicanos, listening to their music — unfiltered and unAmericanized, I had never felt that alive in my life.

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This is when I discovered so much incredible Latin music like FobiaCafe Tacuba and Shakira.

I should rephrase that. I discovered Spanish-speaking Shakira years after she had released her 1998 album “Dónde Están los Ladrones?”

The album catapulted her into a Latin superstar and I was in awe of her rocker chick vibe.

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While I loved my individuality as an alternative Chicana, I sure didn’t embody the independent woman I longed to be.

Even though I expressed a love for Spanish rock music, I was in a lot of ways very shy.

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But Shakira’s album made me feel different.

The song that truly moved me on that album is called “Si te vas.”

At first listen the song comes off as a ballad but it’s much more of a painful rock song that happens to be about a loss of love — as most songs are.

However, in this track, Shakira’s angst is infused throughout it just by the way she vocalizes certain aspects of the words.

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But this is my favorite part:

“Si te vas si te vas si te marchas

Mi cielo se hará gris

Si te vas si te vas ya no tienes

Que venir por mi

Si te vas si te vas y me cambias

Por esa bruja pedazo de cuero

No vuelvas nunca mas, ya no estaré aquí.”

But back to my imaginary love story. His name was Antonio.

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And he was an architect that lived in Queretaro. I was infatuated, to say the least. After our night of dancing, we went on a couple of dates, and one, in particular, that is too steamy to get into.

Soon after I returned to California soon after still on cloud nine.

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But that’s all it took.

I really thought I was in love with this Mexican heartthrob.

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When I returned to my real life, Antonio and I kept in touch.

We emailed, talked on the phone, and in my head, I was already scheming about how to go back to see him.

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I didn’t know how I would go back to Queretaro, but I knew that I had to. What I felt for Antonio was undeniable and I wasn’t going to let anything get in my way.

I didn’t tell anyone about my plan.

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I would just sit in my room — yes, I was a 26-year-old that still lived at home — and listened to Shakira’s album and think about Antonio.

One day it hit me. I would save money, enough for three months’ worth of rent, and move to Queretaro.

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I talked to my parents about it and simply said: “I need to get away and just write.”

My parents didn’t fight with me over the plan.

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I secretly think they just wanted me out of the house. And so I saved, and saved, and saved, every penny I could get my hands on. When I finally had enough, I bought a one-way ticket to Mexico City. I don’t even remember being scared.

I just remember having a direct plan and listening to my Shakira playlist.

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It didn’t feel like I was alone either. When you’re traveling alone and listening to music, it’s like your famous friends are there right there with you.

I stayed at the most picturesque house in Queretaro and didn’t even tell Antonio that I was coming to town.

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Yes, that was probably a mistake, but I didn’t care to hear anything negative. I guess underneath I knew what I was doing was kind of nuts, but love makes you do crazy things. When I did tell Antonio that I was in town, he said what I was dreading:

“You didn’t come here for me, did you?” he said.

“No! Of course, not. I came to write,” I said quickly.

“Oh, that’s good, because I have a girlfriend,” he said.

I think at that moment my body went numb because I don’t remember feeling sad or angry, just kind of in shock.

“How long have you been with her?” I said. I should note that it had only been a few months since I had last seen him.

“Always,” he said. “I’ve always been with her.”

The next couple of hours were a daze, but I cried myself to sleep that night. Here I was in Queretaro, all alone, and three more months to go. The next morning, I got up early, turned on my Shakira playlist and went for a run.

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Even though I was sad about the fact that Antonio had a girlfriend the entire time we were together, I realized how special it was that I was in this amazing city.

For the next three months, I did write.

I wrote a lot in fact, and I also met someone else.

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That relationship didn’t go beyond my time in Queretaro, but I loved knowing that heartbreak would not be the end of me.

The joy of being alone in Queretaro and doing exactly what I had envisioned all on my own was all I needed.

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Even now when I listen to “Si te vas” I never feel sad about Antonio, just pure happiness that I did something pretty extraordinary and have memories that will last me a lifetime.