As I was getting ready for classes one morning, I was listening to Matt Lauer interview Tom Brokaw on the Today Show. I was not paying much attention until I heard a quote from Tom Brokaw’s new book “The Time of Our Lives: A Conversation About America.” “College graduates are moving back home because they can’t find a job and trust their families and don’t trust society.” What I heard Tom Brokaw say made me stop and think for a moment, and realize how dismal the state of the economy is right now. I grew up in a house where the importance of college was always discussed. The reason being, a good college education would guarantee a good paying job. Times have changed. The order for most of us was to graduate high school, attend college, graduate and then enter into the “real world” and start the next chapter of our life. Many post graduates are finding it extremely difficult to find a decent paying job ,let alone a job in their specific field. This being said, being able to live on your own with the expectation of getting a raise has become less of a reality. Therefore, the new reality is the possibility of having to move back home with ones parents because the cost of living has become high.
There was a time when one might of had a dream to “make it” in this world so that they could have more then their parents and to one day provide for their future families. I could not imagine the emotional and mental effects that that could have on an individual to graduate and then have to move back home with his/her parents. I feel the question now is moving back home to ones parents house a step backwards in life or the new reality? If graduates are moving back home then does this delay things like getting married and starting a family? Our generation needs to set the foundation for the future generations. How will they survive and make it in this world if we can hardly make it. Another impact of graduates moving back home is on the parents of these individuals. I’m sure in the beginning the parents are thrilled to have their adult child back under their roof but once the novelty wears off a number of questions and concerns can arise. Will my adult child who has graduated be motivated to move back out on their own? Will they feel like a failure in society?
Another demographic effected are the current high school students. Many have seen first hand how the state of the economy has effected their parents and communities around them. Parents who have anticipated a four year college education plus graduate school may now be looking at community colleges or vocational schools where their child can still live at home to cut back on expenses. I am fortunate enough that while going to college I am already living on my own and supporting myself.