Woman Selling College Experience on EBay

Life After Graduation

Phil Marden

Life After Graduation

Erin Bryant, Editor-in-Chief

Stephanie Ritter, Florida State University graduate, is selling her diploma and college experience on EBay for $50,000, after deeming the endeavor worthless.

“I thought this piece of paper has so much worth to so many people, but for a theater major, it couldn’t mean less,” she said. “I’m doing the exact same things and probably getting paid the exact same amount as people that dropped out halfway through freshman year, except I’m still $40,000 in debt and they’re, well, not.”

Since graduating in 2011, Ritter has found a job working as an assistant.

She is not alone; many people cannot find work related to their field of study in college.

A recent study by the Federal Reserve Bank of New York found that only 27% of college graduates actually have jobs that are closely associated with their major.

“Not all lines of work and careers require college degrees. It is better for some people to not go to college, especially if they are pursuing a major that they aren’t passionate about,” Isabella V. Colón, freshman, said.

In addition to her lack of financial success, she regrets parts of her ordeal, leading her to trade that away as well. The experience is $10,000 dollars of the $50,000 asking price. The other $40,000 is for student loans.

The adventure portion will include

-A TOUR of Florida State University, including everywhere you would have gone/eaten/partied in your four years at FSU. (Possibly includes but not limited to: Suwanee Hall and a possible Ms. Killings sighting, Jimmy Johns, Mr. Roboto, dinner at Cool Beanz, burgers & beers at Monks, drinks at Poor Pauls)

-Access to all of my college memories/Facebook albums for 6 months! (access to any memories by phone or text between 10-7 Sunday-Thursday so you can give someone the most authentic specific memories straight from my brain to their ears)

-A show (on me) at the FSU School of Theatre (on opening night if time permits!)
I will rent a car and show you the best view of the capitol building.


Surely, attending university is an important time for many young adults nowadays.

The academics and new-found responsibility molds people into who they are.

Business Insider says that the most important things that you will learn in college are how to budget/prioritize and how to live with others.

However, precautions should be taken.

Ritter warns high school seniors to be very careful with student loans. This may mean choosing between a “dream school” and a second choice, and it may be difficult, but, in the long run, the experience will be virtually the same.