@blahstudent i also maintain that europe is not better than america, based on my generally crappy study-abroad experiences.
@stuffisthings touche. (25% in spain, but not across the EU, where the rule applies.) there are some pretty interesting comments on marginal revolution about european v. american vacation culture. (and some comments about how japanese people probably think we're lazy the way we think europeans are.) one point they made is that everybody has to take their vacation at pretty much the same time (july in northern europe, august elsewhere), so it's less disruptive.
But they have 25% unemployment.
@mouthalmighty i've only heard of it in NYC and boston. you can still scrounge stuff up on craigslist if you really hustle, but it's a lot harder.
40 times the MONTHLY rent, right? And she should move to a cheaper neighborhood if she can't afford it. It's OK that some neighborhoods are too expensive for recent college grads to live in, as long as there are cheaper neighborhoods nearby.
@Logan Sachon Law school alum/bad day drinker. UVA law people are predisposed to hate darden people anyway (they are so obnoxiously tall and happy!), so we love this rumormonging. Plus, Teresa Sullivan's husband is a Big Deal in the law world, so we are pissed that we are almost certainly going to lose him.
even if the expected value of taking a risk is high, you need a safety net to do it. if you are just one step away from dire poverty, then sticking with a job that provides you just enough is better than taking an otherwise reasonable risk to find a new career, because the possibility that things won't work out is a complete dealbreaker. reason #563452645 for inequality: it's easier to make your life better if it's already good.
wahoowa! (i've actually never said that aloud in real life, not sure how to spell it.) but as a fellow uva alum who is kind of obsessed with this story, glad to see it growing legs.
@blahstudent this part may be because i'm asian: i don't think it's a necessary aspect of maturity to require absolute independence from one's parents when you are an "adult." financial support is draining and it can be unfair to expect it of your parents--they have financial concerns too! but financial support is also intimately tied up with the emotional support we expect families to provide one another--to adults and to children, although in different manners--forever, from life until death. parental support can be helpful or harmful, depending on the circumstances, but i think a strict cut-off for everybody under all circumstances would also just create more distance between parents and children, and not always in a good way.