"Welcome to the real world.” This, I have learned, is the customary way to greet a recent college graduate. A year ago I was hearing it constantly, from friends, family, even my dentist. It made me wonder where they thought I had been for the past four years.
When people make knowing references to the “real world” that follows graduation, they mean the working world and the responsibilities and burdens that go with it—getting a job, paying rent, acquiring health insurance, sticking to...
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