Tufts / Sociology | Nakayuna, NY
“I’m going to London to study fine art for a year. So between that and sociology I’ll be about as unemployable as you get. But it’s an incredible relief that I can delay this one more year. I work in careers services, and every day I answer the phone to alums who’ve lost their jobs and are now in the market. How can I tell a senior, ‘Yeah, compete with these highly qualified, experienced alums who are looking for the exact same jobs as you?”
Simmons College / Nursing | Auburn, ME
“I’m hoping I’ll get a nursing job in Boston. If not, I’m most likely moving back to Maine—not my top choice. I’ve applied for multiple positions in the area including at the bigger hospitals: MGH, Brigham & Women’s. I’m interning at Beth Israel, but they’ve closed their hiring program for new graduates because they really want nurses with experiences. A lot of girls I know are applying down south. That’s where they need nurses—everywhere but here. I only know of one nursing student in our class who’s gotten a job so far.
It’s frustrating that I came to school in Boston and now I’m not able to get a job after spending as much as I did on my tuition. The education I’ve gotten at Simmons has been unbelievable, and I couldn’t replace any of the experiences I’ve had in Boston. But the cost—I should have maybe gone to a state school or university where I wouldn’t be paying as much in loans.”