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Your Reap What You Sow – Class of 2010

Today was graduation day for students at Northeastern University. I remember my graduation from there as if it was yesterday. I felt excited to be moving onto another part of my life, yet I was scared to death. I was returning home because I did not have a job in hand. You see, I graduated right smack dab in the middle of a recession, almost as bad as this one. But I was fortunate in that the entire country wasn’t participating. I packed my bag (how much stuff can one new grad have) and headed West. I got as far as Houston, where I landed on my cousin’s coach.

It’s amazing what you can do when you are on your own with no financial support. Within six week’s time, I had landed a job in my field. I feel a bit sorry for those people graduating Northeastern today. Not because many will be leaving without jobs. But because their parents will be boosting them up by continuing to pay for their room and board, and in some cases their car payments. Six months from now, their parents will offer to start paying down their college loans. Flash forward a year from now and what lessons have these graduates learned?

Many will continue to live a higher standard of living than their parents. They will have the funds to attend rock concerts that average well over a hundred dollars a ticket and to stop by Starbucks everyday for a skinny vente latte. Mean while, mom and dad will continue to look at one another and wonder, “where did we go wrong?” Some parents will eventually gain their strength and will lift their children up and toss them off the couch. Most however, will be too tired from working two jobs to take any action.

So as we raise a glass to the class of 2010, let us salute the parents who have chosen to continue educating their children. These are the people who have had the financial discussions with their children, who now understand they must contribute to the household or find another place to hang their i-pods. And to the rest of the folks I say, you reap what you sow.



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  1. Mary
    Posted May 10, 2010 at 10:37 am | Permalink

    So true Roberta.

    I also remember back in the day when I graduated from College in California during similar times where jobs were scarce.

    While I love my parents and have an excellent relationship with them, I would never have moved back home. I would have felt like I failed and I was also much to independent to fall back on them. Of course they also reminded me over and over that after college, I was on my own. There was no invitation to come back home.

    I also felt on top of the world and knew I would find my dream job. I quickly realized that I had to work a job or two that did not fall into this category.

    It took a few years of varies jobs before I hit my dream job in a profession that I continue in today.

  2. Roberta Matuson
    Posted May 10, 2010 at 11:09 am | Permalink

    Great reminder for those who are in a similar situation Mary. Thank you for contributing your thoughts on this subject.

  3. Posted November 23, 2010 at 4:31 am | Permalink

    A century from now,if you are remembered at all,it will not be for what you got for yourself.It will be for the effect your life had,for good or ill, on others around you and on future generations.I’ve witnessed its truth in nature hundreds of times.You cannot plant corn and expect to get roses.If you plant corn, you’ll grow corn.

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