Hope this means we'll still see some long form stuff from Logan. I would be very sorry to lose that.
This doesn't end at high school either. In grad school a parent emailed me to ask for an extension for her daughter.
This chat made me So Sad. I'm really not sure where I fall in this love work hate work spectrum. Love my job, love that I HAVE job, detest a good number of things that said job entails. I think what keeps me from falling too deeply into the Hate Work abyss is that I hate more the person I am when I'm not working. I feel awful, guilty, anxious. I'm curious about what kind of coping mechanisms Logan has to deal with her depression now that she can't spend money. Something that's not quite as active as going for a run, but not bed or the bar. Also, if it helps, I so look forward to Logan's longer essays. They're funny and real and sad and amazing.
I think Claire might have to meet him half way on the subject of a budget. Unemployment gnaws at you and makes every expenditure look frivolous. The fact is that until he gets a job, he likely won't feel good about eating meals on her dime because it will just intensify his anxiety. Perhaps she can agree to the idea of a budget and insist on a going out budget being part of that. This means that regardless of how tight things are she still put X dollars towards that budget. That might be a way of reaching some kind of peace. And they're both going to have to come to terms that, for her, being with him is going to mean being a bit more frugal than she otherwise would be, and, for him, being with her is going to mean spending a few dollars on a night out on a semi-regular basis. That's how relationships work.
English majors are smack dab in the middle of the unemployment spectrum here http://journalistsresource.org/studies/society/education/college-majors-employment-sciences-vs-humanities-data. Only 1% higher than computer science majors and accounting. This is also two years out of date. Not to mention the fact that MBA programs and the like are complaining that students are coming in with little to no writing or analytical skills. If you're thinking of getting into something like publishing yeah jobs prospects are slim, but that doesn't mean English majors are unemployable dreamers with no skills.
@WayDownSouth: one might argue that running out of money 2 DAYS before her next paycheck as opposed to 2 WEEKS before--as was often the case in the past--shows considerable improvement.
I think when we're younger we dread committing to particular tracks because 1) we're afraid of making the wrong decisions because see friends and family members locked into jobs that they hate and 2) we have this sense that we should feel irresistibly called to our vocations as though we were priests or nuns. Writing is a particularly hard thing to commit to because it's difficult and demanding. It's not something you ever master. You can write one amazing thing one week and the next thing you write will be absolute crap. I think the decision to go to grad school was less a question of "What do I want to be when I grow up?" and more of, "What do I want my life to look like?' For better or for worse, an academic setting suited me. And yet, that could change too. If I get sick of it, if I don't get tenure, if I get married, all of these things could change that picture of what I want my life to look like.