The Life and Adventures of a Boomerang Kid

As college graduates start their new lives and careers, many are moving back home. Is this a good thing or a bad thing? Written by Juliet Rocco

Kindergarten graduation vs. College

Kindergarten graduation vs. College

Back in the NJ groove: The game plan was always to move back home after graduation (unless I got a job that forced me to relocate). I liked being close to my family and friends, having that support group is very important to me. Personally, I didn’t have any shame about moving back home. As a recent grad still looking for work, it’s not like I can rent a place without any proof of income.

Living at home these past few weeks as been an adventure in itself. I’m so used to going out and doing things whenever I want and no one asks where I’m going, what I’m doing, and who I’m going to see.

“I love you, but I don’t love living with you.” My relationship with my parents has always been very good, but I’ve been on my own the past four years and I’m used to doing certain things my way. We need enough space between us to allow me to continue to be my independent self.

While a home-cooked meal is nice, the constant nagging of “when are you going to get a job?” doesn’t stop. Yesterday alone, I sorted through over 2,000 job opportunities online and made a list of places to apply to. If that’s not giving 100%, I don’t know what is.

Parents just don’t understand: My parents are baby boomers and don’t understand how difficult it actually is in the job market. While there are plenty of opportunities for people who have been working 3-5 years in the field, entry level positions are not as easy to come by.

Right now, my goal is to stay positive and continue looking for a full-time position, but I’ve definitely realized that being a boomerang kid has its pros and cons. Only two weeks in, and I’m getting cabin fever already.

Takeaway: Overall, I’ve realized there’s nothing wrong with living at home while you’re still trying to get your career started, but if you’re as independent as I am, you’ll want to get out of your prison confinements. 

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