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Comments made by bchriste

"Manning Up" Unlikely For Twenty-Somethings

I am 27 years old, married, and work as a software engineer. I completely agree that my generation has something like a "pre-adult" phase, but I think it is absolutely incorrect to say that it is caused by "the rise of women" which implies that women are exempt. I know a number of 20-something men AND women who have no career plans, no intention of starting a family soon, and are just getting by - many still living with their parents. As you discussed on the air this morning, I think that part of this is a lack of a blueprint for success in the modern job market. But more than that, I think my generation also has a different perspective on adulthood. Many of us entered adulthood (or "pre-adulthood") just after 9/11/2001, which was a very strong reminder that random events can ruin plans. We then developed our adult opinions in a political and cultural environment that (I believe) gave my generation a very cynical view of politicians, the economy, and traditional adulthood. I think this has emphasized enjoying youth and avoiding adult responsibility for as long as possible. Even my traditionally "successful" friends view careers as a way to achieve freedom to do what they want. I know a number of people that have quit their stable jobs even in the middle of the recession because the cost in quality of life was just not worth it.

Whatever the reason, I do not believe this behavior is specific to men in my generation.

March 8, 2011 at 11:01 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

How Will Proposed Budget Cuts Impact The UC System?

I graduated from UC Irvine in 2005, and while I think that it is critical for California to continue investment in education, I also think that people need to gain some perspective on the costs to students. At the time that I was attending, fees were about $6000/year. I was able to pay for the majority of this by working full time in the summers and part time while in school. Towards the end I took a student loan for around $10,000 to allow myself to focus on school. This is far from crippling debt and since then I've also found that taking this loan helped establish my credit and qualify me for a home loan.

Even if I had financed my entire UC education, I would have had a $30,000 loan to pay back over 10-20 years with tax deductible interest. While that seems like a lot of money to a student, the current average car loan is around $27,000 paid back over 5 years. If people are willing to finance this amount for a car they will use for 5-10 years, it should be a no-brainer to invest up to the same amount in an education that will benefit them for the rest of their lives.

February 1, 2011 at 10:39 a.m. ( | suggest removal )