Sometimes people realize it's not for them after experiencing it for a bit. I thought I had a down-to-earth view of what the job was, and I'm still amazed every day as to how wrong I was. While he quit, it's not on the same level of a day-one dropout who can't hack it. Sure, he took up a seat that might have been better filled, but at least he realized it wasn't for him before it was too late. Re: hack it for minimum wage if you want it - Regardless of how bad someone wants it, some people are smart enough to not try for a gig like PPD. Not many people can hack 6mo with no / almost no income, and without a guarantee paycheck tucked behind your certificate at graduation it'd be foolish for someone like me to even try. Who's going to pay my bills? My mortgage? Then what after graduation?