Identifying And Overcoming Your Quarter-Life Crisis

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A couple posts back, I talked about quitting my 40-hour-per-week office job to pursue a career as a freelance travel writer. I did this to follow my dreams; however, it’s also an attempt to solve my ongoing quarter-life crisis.

Becoming a grown-up is scary business, and people often panic as the path through life becomes less clear-cut. Some will wish they’d chosen a different career, studied something else in school, or just attended or finished college in general. People who moved home after college may also feel like they’re trapped in their hometown forever. I stayed in my university city for 2 years after graduation, and I was feeling stuck there.

Fortunately, it’s never too late to change the course of your life! Here’s my step-by-step guide to recognizing the signs of and handling your quarter-life crisis.…

“My MBA Has Influenced My Career Far More Than My Education Degree”

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What do you want to be when you grow up? Where do you see yourself in 5 years? These are tough things to figure out—and, often, your first answer may not end up being the correct one.

Aaron Weber spoke with someone who dealt with her own shifting career goals. This person went from academic administration to marketing management, picking up two master’s degrees along the way. Check out what she had to say about her educational path and what it did for her career.…

How To Find Your Ideal Apartment On A Budget

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Moving is always a pain. Doesn’t matter where you are. The fees, the packing, the sacrifices—they can scar a person. In NYC, though, moving is pretty much even worse. The rents keep going up, there’s a shortage of good places, and no space to put your stuff.

During my original move to the city, I fell into an apartment that a friend of a friend recommended. Now, going into my second year, I’ve taken a more hands-on approach. I am on a mission to find the perfect place—on a budget of course. If you’re starting your apartment search, here are a few tips I’ve learned to help you get your ideal spot.…

How To Survive Life At Home With Your Parents

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Living with college roommates is tough. However, living with roommates who happen to be middle-aged and have given birth to you isn’t any easier.

This summer, I moved home after graduation. Living with my parents definitely has its perks: home-cooked meals, a live-in cleaning service, and luxuries I’d never be able to afford on my own (hello, 56’’ flat-screen plasma.)

However, being yelled at to “clean my room” 15 times a day, a curfew, and endless reruns of Lifetime movies also makes me feel like doing this on occasion.…

How To Deal With All Your College Graduation Feelings

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A couple weeks ago, I walked across a stage, shook hands with a bunch of people in funny outfits, and received my diploma from Tufts University.

I felt nothing during the entire ceremony. No tears, no laughs, no gushing excitement or sickening nervousness. It felt like somebody put me on autopilot for the entire thing. Then, 6 hours later, alone in my empty apartment room, I bawled my eyes out.…

A Parent’s Take On The “Worst” Graduation Advice From Parents

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When it comes to new college grads, my generation is always good for passing along well-intended—but possibly less than stellar—advice (as Sasha pointed out last week).

I found Sasha’s post intriguing, not only because I’m a parent of college students who will eventually don a cap and gown, but also because I’ve hired interns. So, at the risk of providing even more unasked-for advice, here’s my two cents on the “worst advice” people told her.…

Answering Those Wonderful Parental Questions In Post-Grad Life

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So far, becoming an adult has entailed dealing with a series of obstacles like, “How does one make rent again?” Oh, and, “Am I already facing a life crisis?”

I figured out those answers for the time being, but some questions I just don’t have any answers to yet. Some questions I never even asked myself before. These often come from my older family members—especially when talking about my post-grad life.…

Grad School In My Late 30s: “The Best Thing I’ve Ever Done For My Career”

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Everyone follows their own path for education, and some paths take more twists and turns than others. Not sure where your education is taking you? It can help to see how things went for other people who have been there.

When David B. was in high school, he wasn’t sure he’d go to college at all. Spoiler: He did, but it took a long time. When he was 38, he went back for more, and got a master’s degree. More than a few years after that, he shared his experience with Aaron Weber.…