Education or Industry:
21st Century "Chicken or the Egg" Dilemma?

Millennial Commute started with one question:

  1. What is the future of the education industry?

I had that question, thinking about my two brothers who are currently both in school. Thinking about all my friends in school. What happens if they can't find jobs? What happens if they can't pay off their loans? 

Can I do something about it? I was raised to believe that if you do well in school and get a good GPA, that's all you need to set yourself up for success. Have things changed? Was I wrong? What will define "success" for future generations of young people if the traditional model might be broken?

Big changes from Silicon Valley are taking the country by storm. Millennials are starting companies in their teens and becoming millionaires. VC Firms are spending billions of dollars to fund the ideas of young people everywhere. Tech continues to replace traditionally "safe" jobs and career paths.

I'm sure you are thinking the same thing:

1. What can we do, in the 21st century, to be successful?

Hi everyone, my name is Ben Peters and I am your podcaster and host here at Millennial Commute. I recently graduated from Cornell University's School of Hotel Administration in 2015. With over five years' experience mentoring and coaching Millennials younger than myself, I couldn't help but wonder the solution to the "Education Dilemma" in our country. Everyone has been asking questions about the huge increases in college tuition over the last few years. Questions like:

  • How can families send multiple children through college?
  • How can single parents put kids through college?
  • How can students expect to pay off loans over $100k? 
  • Is college worth it anymore?

Welcome to Millennial Commute, your home for PhilanthroPodcasting.  Here, we explore those questions and other topics as they relate to the Education of Millennials. Our mission is to provide exceptional weekly Podcast content and to reward our listeners with education-based giveaways such as scholarships.



Tobias Keene, D.D.S.

Hailing from Richmond, Virginia, Dr. Tobias Keene brings a bit of unabashed Southern hospitality to all his patients. He moved to Washington, D.C. over thirty years ago as a freshman at Ivy College. Right after graduation, he attended World University’s School of Dentistry. Before opening Keene Dental in 1994, he worked for free clinics and some of the finest practices in the District. He is part of the 123 Dental Association and stays up-to-date on the latest dental discoveries. When not striving to keep his patients happy and healthy, he’s enjoys hiking with his family in Rock Creek Park.

Ava Lee-Sherazi, D.D.S.

Dr. Lee-Sherazi is from Baltimore, MD. Her interest in dentistry began after she chipped her tooth in the 8th grade. She was fascinated by how her own dentist had fixed it better than new. In 2003, she graduated from Nameless College with a Bachelor of Science in Biology. In 2007, she earned her Doctorate in Dental Surgery at World University’s School of Dentistry, where she studied under Dr. Baltas. She specializes in orthodontia and oral surgery and is a member of the 123 Dental Association. During her spare time, she kickboxes and runs with her wife.

Derek Shin, RDH

In 2007, Derek Shin earned his dental hygiene associate’s degree at Untitled Technical College right here in Washington, D.C. He started at Keene Dental in 2008. As a District native, he treats all his patients with the familiarity of a neighbor. He’s passionate about bringing considered, quality care to all people, and devotes a lot of time volunteering his services at free clinics. He loves spending time with his dog and watching science fiction films with his partner.

Maja Peterson , Office Manager

Maja earned her associate's degree in Office Administration at Nameless College. In 2000, she moved to Washington, D.C. with her husband and joined the Keene Dental team. She is a scheduling extraordinaire and prides herself in having developed the system that keeps patient wait time under five minutes. As an interior design enthusiast, she took it upon herself to create an inviting atmosphere for our office. She enjoys rock climbing, painting, and video games.