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CAMPUS LIFE

Countdown to crisis? Students sound off about their twenties

By Lorraine Forster
Gazette Staff

Q: Do you believe this phenomenon exists or is it an excuse for those who just can't find their way in life?

James: It's something that would be common in that age bracket. [It] could be used as a crutch or it could also be just a result of circumstance.
Chirag: I'm not sure if it exists, but I have heard stories of how it's hard to find a job [after university].
Neil: I believe it exists because people [coming out of university] haven't experienced the real world before.

Q: Being in university yourself, is this something you have thought about or have a fear of falling into after graduating?

Nicole: I definitely have a fear of falling into it. I have a sister who just graduated from Queen's [University], so I know how tough it is.
James: I try not to think that far ahead. I'm sure everything will work out.
Chirag: No, but I think that's more of an attribute to the program, Western and the faculty. Our education puts us in a good position when we graduate.
Emily: Right now I don't have a specific career in mind after university. I see myself falling into something like that, but hopefully not.

Q: Do you know what you want to do after university?

Neil: No, I don't know what I want to do, but I'm not concerned. I'm more worried about school right now and when I get there, I get there.
Nicole: I have an idea but I don't know which direction exactly. I'm planning on joining TV Western to see if I like that aspect of the media.
Emily: Not at this stage. I'm still in first year.
Chirag: I want to get a PhD, so I'm on track.

Resources

Quarterlife Crisis

This site offers ample information on the crisis itself, seminars and workshops, support groups and other resources to help those cope with this phenomenon. The site also gives information on how to contact the authors of the book Quarterlife Crisis, by Alexandra Robbins and Abby Wilner.

http://www.quarterlifecrisis.com

Student Development Centre

The SDC offers services and assistance for students ranging from peer support, to career services, to helping in the search for volunteer and job opportunities. The SDC is located in Rm. 210 of the University Community Centre and can be reached at 661-3031.

http://www.sdc.uwo.ca

 

 

 

 

 

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