I graduated from the University of Texas College of Liberal Arts (UT CoLA) in May 2004. As an alumnus, I am occasionally contacted by the college in the hope that I will give them some funds. Unfortunately, they are usually unsuccessful.
Last night, as I was driving home, I received a call from a young man who is currently a sophomore at UT. He was hoping to accomplish two things: (a) he wanted to update my contact information, and (b) ask me for some money.
Here is a transcript of a portion of our conversation:
CALLER: It says here that you graduated from the University of Texas in 2004. Is that correct?
HEBERT: Yes it is.
CALLER: And your degree was in Religious Studies.
HEBERT: Yes. I was a double major in Religious Studies and Classical Civilization.
CALLER: Very cool.
HEBERT: I think so.
CALLER: And…are you currently using your degree?
HEBERT: Yes I am.
CALLER: Really?! HOW?!?!?
At this point, I broke down laughing. This young gentleman was so incredulous that someone in this economy was actually able to use a degree in Religious Studies!
I don’t blame him…
As for the financial gift —well, maybe in a better economy. You know I love you, CoLA!