"I used to think people were losers if they couldn't find a decent paying job in their chosen field. Now I'm among the underemployed, settling for living beneath the standards of my parents. It's comforting knowing I'm not the only victim of our destitute economy. I cannot express how frustrating it is to have developed skills recog-nized as outstanding by professors and peers, then not be given an opportunity to apply them in the real world. Well, the real world sucks. I'm back in school, and upon completion I plan to go into business for myself."

-- A letter to the editor of Rolling Stone (April 29, 1993) from Julie Hoffer of Phoenix; in response to an article about the reduced expectations of young people entering the job market

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