Thursday, May 20, 2010

A Parents' Guide To New College Graduates

"Congratulations! It took four years and hundreds of thousands of dollars, but you’re finally the parents of a bona-fide college graduate. After the commencement ceremony is over, your child will be ready to move back into your house for a period of several years. It’s a very exciting time. But it can also be stressful. We hope that this guide will answer all your questions."  So begins a column in this week's New Yorker magazine that you can read HERE.  Here's an excerpt:

"Why is my college graduate so fussy?

It’s normal for college graduates to be fussy. It just means that they feel frightened, vulnerable, or confused. You can usually get to the root of the problem by consulting this checklist: 
  • Did somebody suggest that he 'look for work'? Yes / No 
  • Did the subject of graduate school 'come up'? Yes / No 
  • Has he been to a scary job interview? Yes / No 
  • Did he see a scary LSAT book? Yes / No 
  • Did his rock band 'not get signed'? Yes / No 
  • Was he asked to 'help around the house'? Yes/No" 

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