Wednesday, October 8, 2008

Ohio is Losing Its Minds

I've been reading articles about the brain drain in Ohio--this situation we're in where Ohio's collective brain power is being flushed down the proverbial crapper. Seems a lot of the state's most educated people are forming a mass exodus out of our heart-shaped state, heading to the promised lands flowing with milk and honey and, oh yeah, REAL JOBS!

Which makes me feel like one of those idiots on the Titanic who put off getting into a lifeboat because it was just so cold and uncomfortable out there on the water.

It really is a frustrating situation. On the one hand, I worked incredibly hard for my education. I started saving money for college when I was 13 years old, working as a groundskeeper (a job I still hold, which makes me feel proud and ashamed at the same time, assuming that's even possible). I devoted nearly all my time and energy to studying hard and earning straight A's all through college (I got better grades than the valedictorian, yet I didn't get to be valedictorian...not that I'm bitter or anything). Then, after all that hard work, to not be able to get a teaching job.... I can certainly understand why so many people are leaving.

On the other hand, my family is my life, and my family is here.

It's a shame, really, because Ohio is a great place to live. Yet when the jobs are elsewhere, what choice do we have?

Ohio is losing its minds.

1 comment:

MAR said...

I'm sorry :( that must be terrible. Stick it out though. At some point you'll just be at the right place at the right time and get your perfect job..
That's what I keep telling myself, at least.
In the mean time, enjoy your family. Seriously. You're lucky to have them close.