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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.

READ: This Latino College Grad Is Showing How To Persevere Against All Odds In the Face Of Ignorance And Racism

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Radical Feminists Have Seized Control of a Federal Building in Mexico in Protest of the Government’s Apathy Towards Rampant Femicide

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Radical Feminists Have Seized Control of a Federal Building in Mexico in Protest of the Government’s Apathy Towards Rampant Femicide

Last week, Mexican feminist activists took over the National Human Rights Commissions federal building in a move to bring greater awareness to the scourge of gender-based violence and femicide that has racked Mexico for decades.

According to the federal Interior Secretariat, the statistics in Mexico have recently taken a turn for the worse.

Domestic violence against women has became an even more acute problem since the pandemic has forced women to stay insider with their abusers. Emergency distress calls reporting domestic violence have risen by 50%.

The occupation of the Human Rights building is just another chapter in the saga of the “Ni Una Menos” (Not One More Woman) movement, an anti-femicide collective born in Argentina that has steadily been gaining steam in Mexico since 2019.

In recent years, anti-femicide demonstrations have been sparked by various heinous crimes against women or girls that have been largely overlooked by law enforcement officials. 

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Unfortunately, the government of Mexico has appeared to be apathetic to the wave of femicide that is overwhelming the women of their country.

Recently, when President Andrés Manuel López Obrador was asked to address Mexico’s gender violence epidemic, he demurred, stating that he didn’t “want femicide to detract” from the raffle his administration was holding for the sale of the presidential airplane.

As for the feminist activists at the heart of Ni Una Menos and the federal building occupation, the government’s failure to respond to anti-woman violence is the primary fuel for their anger. 

“We’re here so that the whole world will know that in Mexico they kill women and nobody does anything about it,” said Yesenia Zamudio to the LA Times. According to Zamudio, she is still seeking justice for the murder of her 19-year-old daughter four years ago.

The women of Mexico appear to be fed up, grasping at any and all tactics that have the potential to incite change on a grander scale.

Their tactics may seem dramatic to some, but it’s undeniable that they are no longer being ignored. As of now, the radical activists are pulling attention-grabbing stunts like decorating a portrait of Mexican Revolution leader Francisco Madero with lipstick and purple hair.

They’re also making headlines for vandalizing the federal building’s walls and splashing paint on the doors of the presidential palace.

One thing is for sure: something has to change. Otherwise, thousands of innocent women and girls will continue to be raped, abused, and murdered while their perpetrators escape with immunity. 

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Joe Biden Speaks Alongside ‘Fearless Fighter’ Kamala Harris In First Appearance And Recalls Her Family’s Immigrant Story

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Joe Biden Speaks Alongside ‘Fearless Fighter’ Kamala Harris In First Appearance And Recalls Her Family’s Immigrant Story

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After weeks of speculation and anticipation, presidential candidate Joe Biden announced on Tuesday that he has officially picked his running mate.

In a history-making announcement, Biden revealed that he had tapped California Sen. Kamala Harris to be his VP Pick.

“I have the great honor to announce that I’ve picked @KamalaHarris — a fearless fighter for the little guy, and one of the country’s finest public servants — as my running mate,” Biden announced in a tweet.

On Wednesday, Biden held his first campaign event alongside running mate Kamala Harris in Delaware.

During their speeches, the two candidates wore masks and kept their distance in keeping with COVID-19 standards.

Speaking about his VP pick, Biden described Harris as coming from an “America’s story.” Biden described Harris as “a child of immigrants” who “knows personally how immigrant families enrich our country as well as the challenges of what it means to grow up Black and Indian-American in the United States of America,” he explained. “And this morning, all across the nation, little girls woke up, especially little Black and brown girls that feel overlooked and undervalued in their communities, but today — today just maybe they’re seeing themselves for the first time in a new way as president and vice presidents.”

In a speech of her own, Harris emphasized the importance of family and urged citizens to vote.  “We need a mandate that proves that the past few years do not represent who we are or who we aspire to be,” she said. “Joe likes to say that character is on the ballot. And it’s true,” she explained. “I’ve had a lot of titles over my career and certainly vice president will be great. But ‘Momala’ will always be the one that means the most.”

Harris’s nomination makes her the first Black and first Indian-American woman on either major party’s presidential ticket.

Harris is a former prosecutor from California who challenged Biden in her own presidential bid last year. Her nomination makes her the fourth woman to appear on a major presidential ballot. Before her, Geraldine Ferraro ran as a Democratic vice presidential nominee in 1984. In 2008, Republican Sarah Palin ran as a vice presidential nominee, later in 2016, Hillary Clinton became the Democratic presidential nominee.

Biden’s choice was one that has long been in the works. In March of this year, he revealed that he would make a point to have a woman as his running mate and in July he announced that he had narrowed his picks down to four Black women.

Kamala Harris was elected to Congress in 2016.

This has been Harris’ first term as a senator. Before, she served as the California attorney general. During her time as AG, Harris formed a lasting friendship with Biden’s late son Beau who was attorney general at the time in Delaware. Writing about Beau’s death, in her memoir The Truths We Hold, Harris recalled that “there were periods when I was taking the heat when Beau and I talked every day, sometimes multiple times a day,” she wrote in her memoir. “We had each other’s backs.”

Biden’s son Beau died in 2015 from brain cancer. Harris attended his funeral.

During his announcement, Biden mentioned Harris’ friendship with his son.

“I watched as they took on the big banks, lifted up working people, and protected women and kids from abuse,” Biden tweeted. “I was proud then, and I’m proud now to have her as my partner in this campaign.”

So far, it seems there are quite a bit of Harris x Biden supporters.

Fans were quick to give their support and applaud her candidacy.

In a tweet acknowledging her nomination, Harris wrote “@JoeBiden can unify the American people because he’s spent his life fighting for us. And as president, he’ll build an America that lives up to our ideals. I’m honored to join him as our party’s nominee for Vice President, and do what it takes to make him our Commander-in-Chief.”

Here’s to 2020 y’all. Get ready to make history.

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