“My Fill-in-the-Blank Relative Just Got Out of College, and She’s Doing Great!”
Nobody receives more unsolicited advice than a recent grad, except maybe a pregnant woman. But my least favorite thing to hear is someone else’s success story. I’m sure people mean to inspire us when they mention their 23-year-old cousin who scored a position as a photojournalist for National Geographic right out of school. But in reality that’s terrifying. We would much rather believe that everyone feels as nervous and lost as we do. Tell us about your neighbor’s son who is balancing four part-time jobs—none of which have anything to do with his degree—and assure us that he’s doing just fine.
Rachel Walls, 23, of Brookline, Massachusetts, is a recent college graduate who is balancing two part-time jobs and doing just fine.