In the mail last week came a newsletter from the Office for Parent Programs at USC, where our son is a freshman.
Back in my day, there was no such "office." Parents packed you off to college, and you didn't see them again until Thanksgiving or Christmas. Mom and Dad got caught up on the progress of your education only if they got a letter saying you'd been placed on academic probation. Upon graduation, you were expected to have a job lined up (or graduate school for those seeking to put off the inevitable).
However, in the newsletter we received from USC was an article called, "A Full Nest Once Again: Preparing for Your Graduate to Move Back Home." Nooooooo. No no no. That's what parents pay tuition for—so universities can help prepare our children NOT to move back home. And yet Adecco, a global HR consulting firm, claims in a survey of more than 500 recent graduates that 40 percent of those who graduated in 2008...moved back home...into their old rooms...the rooms you turned into offices or gyms. Remember, June 2008 was BEFORE the economy completely imploded, and yet two out of five grads weren't ready to leave the nest.