July 14, 2014

'Boomerang Kids': Portraits of Millennials Living Back Home with Mom and Dad

Alexandria Romo, 28, Austin, Tex.
Degree: B.A., Economics, Loyola University, Chicago
Career goal: Environmentalist
Current Job: Working at a corporate-security firm
Student Loans: $90,000

Gabriel Gonzalez, 22, Suffern, N.Y.
Degree: B.F.A., Graphic design, School of Visual Arts
Career goal: Graphic designer
Current job: Graphic designer and production assistant
Student Loans: $130,000

-- Others @ Feature Shoot

Posted by gerardvanderleun at July 14, 2014 8:09 AM
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Of all the "degrees" listed...MAYBE one of them *might* have a chance of getting somewhere in the future.


The rest?

These suckers ASKED FOR IT, now they GOT it,
but they're whining that the REALITY isn't cooperating with their fantasy.


Hope they enjoy a long life of serving double latte macchiatos and large fries.

Posted by: Kauf Buch at July 14, 2014 11:19 AM

I say this as the father of a son who has never left the nest, and someone who is very concerned about how these young adults are going to begin what we used to define as a normal, adult life.

However, am I supposed to feel sorry for a guy with $130k in loans that he incurred for a B.F.A? Am I supposed to feel sorry for the indebted, and unemployed guy holding a Batman figurine and with Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles on his closet door?

My son and I both understand what these young adults are up against today. It sucks, both for him and for my wife and I. But at some point, you either have to stop doing stupid shit (like taking a $130k loan for a [insert expletive here] B.F.A.), or you have to put the toys down and become an adult.

Posted by: azlibertarian at July 14, 2014 2:00 PM

Career goal: Graphic designer
Current job: Graphic designer and production assistant

Got the job he wanted and STILL not happy.

Posted by: Mumblix Grumph at July 14, 2014 6:12 PM

@Mumblix Grumph - I suspect that (a) $130K in loans for a BFA, together with (b) your observation, suggests that he isn't really that good at doing what he purports to be good at doing.

Posted by: Jimmy don\'t play that at July 14, 2014 9:38 PM

Well, Jimmy...the A in BFA stands for Arts...not Accounting.

Posted by: Mumblix Grumph at July 14, 2014 11:30 PM

Could someone explain to me how does a degree in art history lead to a career as veterinarian?

Posted by: Fausta at July 15, 2014 5:07 AM

I know two millenials. Sisters. Neither lives with Mom or Dad. One made it onto American Idol and America's Got Talent. The other is an artist who lives by her wits. These two young ladies have more balls than any of the young "men" with their edjamacation living back in their childhood bedroom.

Posted by: Don Rodrigo at July 15, 2014 8:10 AM

Pardon my Anglo-Saxon, but how the fuck do you rack up $130K for a BFA in fine arts? And from a "School of Visual Arts" no less?

Seriously? Even these days it should not have cost him even half that for that kind of basic degree. Idiot.

Posted by: Don Rodrigo at July 15, 2014 9:17 AM

A *great* article on a topic related to these young folks. HEH.
FROM: http://www.americanthinker.com/2014/07/back_to_work.html

An excerpt:
Like its religious counterpart, America’s secular version of sharia is enforced by true believers, who after demonstrating fealty by going deep into debt during college to acquire the proper indoctrination, go forth as credentialed liberal evangelists, trained to call in media strikes launched against rebel conservative positions by ruling class progressives from the safety of their gated coastal enclaves.

The widespread substitution of indoctrination for education in America produces lots of young people who have been conditioned to believe that their inflated sense of self-worth and moral superiority are marketable skills. Unsurprisingly, many end up in politics, or working for non-profits and NGOs, or in civil service jobs -- secular clerics all -- called to redistribute other people’s money and proscribe unapproved
thought or behavior with righteous gusto."

Posted by: Kauf Buch at July 16, 2014 2:45 AM

And to think all these kids, tha's right, kids have maybe forty, fifty more years of Life to endure. With parents as enablers, um, something about co-dependents comes to mind, the parents are not helping Johnnie or Susie at all. I cannot imagine what it would be like to turn twenty-one and their feet haven't touched the ground since grade school.

Same time and way less money would get them a skilled trades license. Plumbers, electricians, tool & die makers, carpenters, so forth.

A college degree doesn't mean jack shit these days. They would have made out better in the Armed Forces.

The mantra "I am not responsible and I am entitled" is not just for ghetto Blacks and other parasites. It seems to fit conservative kids as well. Oh, gee, they should do something. They should fix this, boo hoo.

My two sons left home when they were eighteen, their choice, and they are doing OK on their own. My wife's four kids, they left home at eighteen and all went into the service. They are doing OK.

Er, drifting a bit, not enough coffee. I do not feel sorry for any kids stuck in the situation portrayed and I do not think much of parents that enable them.

Posted by: chasmatic at July 16, 2014 5:48 AM

I grew up in a union family in Appalachia, used to hear the horror stories of miners getting paid in company scrip, having to buy all their necessities from the coal company and being virtual slaves because of the constant state of debt. "Owing their soul to the Company Store".

How is what the government/academic/banking complex doing to kids today any different? You graduate college in debt to your ass and stay in debt your whole life.

Posted by: B Moe at July 16, 2014 9:53 AM