College seniors have 3 things on their minds: Finding a job, getting some money, and building a future. There’s a catch though. If you don’t find the job, you won’t have the money to build your future. Momma’s Boy, Daddy’s Little Girl. Nicknames that show you rely on your parents in one way or another were not always cool… until now. Moving back home after graduation has been the latest trend for clear economical reasons and you’re not seen as a total dork either!
College graduation picture by Miss Karen
You’ve heard it a million times– the economy is down and jobs are scarce. Even those lucky enough to find entry-level positions are struggling with cash. At a college or university, everything is nicely set up for you: room and board are tucked away into your tuition and meal plans are set up by the amount of food you think you can eat. College kids have it made! It’s not until you are truly on your own that you realize what the price tag on the cost of living is. Besides the basics of food and shelter, there’s money you need for gas, clothes, bills, Oh! and you can’t forget to pay off those college loans!
This seems like a lot… and without a job, near impossible! In a recent CNN article, Gerri Willis referred to students moving back home after college as “boomerang kids.” But is this a bad thing? Of course not, good ol’ mom and dad have missed you the passed 4 years and would enjoy the company (maybe not so much the partying, though).
But as you know, everything comes at a price. Almost all of the college graduates I know live back in their parent’s houses but at different costs. Some have to pay rent, some are assigned the cooking and cleaning responsibilities and most are kicked off their parent’s cell phone plan. Although they are assigned different living expenses, it’s a lot cheaper than what it costs to live completely independent from your family.
The phrase “he still lives with his parents” would often come as a turn off to women trying to find the “perfect guy,” but living back at home means the man is saving $$! Being a home-body is no longer a negative asset! Long live the Momma’s Boys!
Both of my brothers moved back home after they graduated from college (and one’s still there). I know that moving home is something I’ll consider once my senior year comes to an end but for now, I have 4 weeks until I go back to the University of Rhode Island and I can’t wait to get out of here!!!