Firstly you guys need to calm down. I'm a recently graduated college
student from Michigan and I have to agree with Andy here. There are
VERY many parallels to high school recruits and "normal" people.
Is there really that much of a difference when a high school senior
(academic) sends in his deposit to "save his place" at Michigan and
then when he gets that letter to Harvard, MIT, or Yale says "screw the
250 bucks I'm going to School X". All the while this is screwing out
all of the kids who really wanted to get into Michigan but just barely
missed the cut off or were deferred?
Is there really that much difference when you're a junior/senior in
college and are looking at going out into the "real" world. You get
your fancy leather resume holders and you have your first round
interviews. Sure you apply to a bunch of shitty places that you'd never
really work for but you figure "what's the harm i'll just use it as
practice there's no way that they will hire me". I'll just use this as
a practice for that job at Google, Consulting company, etc job that I
really really want.
Fast forward a few weeks and they've had the interview with Google,
consulting company, whoever they really want and they rocked it. A few
days later and they are given their verbal offer and they are asked
whether or not they want to accept. They do. This is their dream job
and they really want to work here. The pay is great but they see their
other friends still interviewing going on trips, missing classes and
they think "I wonder if I can find something better". And so they keep
interviewing for that better job and better company.
I personally know several people who had offers from companies that
they had talked about for months but then still interviewed with other
companies just to "make sure". This is COMPLETE AND UTTER BS. Because
while they have their 8 offers (yes I do know many people who had a lot
of offers like that) there are many other seniors who don't even have 1
offer. These aren't students who have horrible gpa's these are just
students who don't "interview obscenely well and have the stats to back
it up". And then when these "great scholars" verbally accept their
offer and then back out it makes the school look bad and the students
Now exactly how is this any different than a student athlete
committing? Because IT IS NOT. I was one of the students who had no
good offers coming out of school. So I took a crappy job and quit it 5
months later (Prep school route). Then found a "respectable engineering
job" that I hated and quit another 5 months later (The JUCO route) and
then finally found the job I had been searching for for 2 years
(Finally got into the college of my choice).
I tell this story not because I'm mad that I didn't get any offers
because I can't imagine that if I had gotten a "good engineering job"
right after undergrad that I would be in my awesome career change job
now. I tell it because the students who had their dream jobs screwed
over other students and it's the same things that student athletes do.