Countdown to crisis? Students sound
off about their twenties
By Lorraine Forster
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
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.
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.
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