Dear Grads : Don 't Do What You Love

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Carl McCoy studied at Tufts University, Oxford University, and John Hopkins School of advanced international studies. Now a writer, McCoy’s article “Dear Grads: Don’t Do What You Love” first appeared in the Wall Street Journal. In “Dear Grads: Don’t Do What You Love,” Carl McCoy argues that advising college students or students in general to do what they love and find their passion in their workplace might be ill-advised. He finds it absurd that each person has one particular career path, and argues that the notion of doing what you love is supporting that belief. The illusion of doing what you love is you’ll be living a stress free life, but according to McCoy it might have the opposite effect. McCoy states that doing what you love isn’t what it seems because the thing you love might not pay well and there’s nothing romantic about living a life of impoverishment. In his article McCoy states and makes it clear “There are many people doing what they genuinely love” but he maintains his point that college graduates should not be blinded by the absurd romantic notion of doing what they love for a living. McCoy makes a valid thesis claiming that encouraging soon to be college graduates to do what they love is unwise on the basis that they will expect a lot from their passion. Although McCoy offers some valid reasoning, he offers no evidence backing up his thesis. There are only things he says to be true. He claims many undecided graduates will be “waiting for their big break,
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