“We did everything we were supposed to,” said Stephanie Morales, 23, who graduated from Dartmouth College in 2009 with hopes of working in the arts. Instead she ended up waiting tables at a Chart House restaurant in Weehawken, N.J., earning $2.17 an hour plus tips, to pay off her student loans. “What was the point of working so hard for 22 years if there was nothing out there?” said Ms. Morales, who is now a paralegal and plans on attending law school.
Some of Ms. Morales’s classmates have found themselves on welfare. “You
don’t expect someone who just spent four years in Ivy League schools to
be on food stamps,” said Ms. Morales, who estimates that a half-dozen of
her friends are on the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program. A few
are even helping younger graduates figure out how to apply.
--Jennifer 8. Lee, NYT, on the lost generation of the Great Recession