Why are we suppose to feel sorry for people?
A recent article online is annoying for two reasons - well, maybe more. First is the title, claiming that people wanting to go to college are "Gobsmacked" which isn't even a word, at least in the United States. I suspect the article in question is from a troll farm in the UK, loosely aligned with Russian interests. No one says "Gobsmacked" over on this side of the pond, period.
Somehow this dreck ended up on USA Today, from "The Hechinger Report" (apparently named after the ill-fated lumberteria). They write Op-eds that feel sorry for people, and apparently anyone can write for them, and some major newspapers use them as a text farm, from what I can read. So it is possible the author is indeed from the UK.
But the really annoying thing about the article was this quote:
NEW HAVEN, Conn. – A few weeks ago, ahead of a nor’easter that unleashed biting winds and snow across New England, Alyssa Washington, a high school senior who wants to be a nurse, made her big college decision: not to go next fall.There was no single reason. Rather, mounting obstacles led Washington, a senior at Metropolitan Business Academy, a public school in New Haven, to hit pause. She had not finished the Common App, a shared application form used by more than 900 colleges and universities; (shouldn't be going to college!) had struggled to write her application essay; (shouldn't be going to college!) had lost her password for Naviance, which collects transcripts, recommendation letters and other forms needed to apply; (shouldn't be going to college!) and – like many students in low-income districts this year – had not filled out the FAFSA, the federal financial aid application form. (shouldn't be going to college!)