Editorial: Moving on from Happy Valley
Vail CO, Colorado
When the class of 2008 graduates Saturday, all our thoughts will be with them as they get ready to head out into what seems an increasingly complex world. Those heading to college may not have to worry so much about the job market, but they do need to figure out how to pay soaring tuitions, rents, book costs and all the rest. It’s always a sobering moment for a college freshmen when he or she walks into the grocery store for the first time to buy food for the week and realizes there’s only enough for ramen. Thank goodness for that dorm meal plan most will be on that first year.
The class of 2008 faces a rocky economy, a job market where “outsourcing” is
the word of the day, and where many American companies ” from airlines to
auto manufacturers ” are in deep trouble. Even the most shaky economy, though, has jobs, and we don’t doubt our grads are ready for the challenge of finding their place.
Of course, plenty of good and exciting things await as well. The coming years are the ones to travel on the cheap throughout the world, make the lifelong friends and networking connections that will last a lifetime, and learn a profession. Technological advances continue to make the world an ever-changing place, and who knows what opportunities those will bring to the workforce of 2015, 2020 and beyond.
But for now, this graduation weekend is a moment that will be almost suspended in time, remembered for years to come and followed by the honeymoon period of summer before fall reality sets in. Grads, this is your time to stop, pause, celebrate, contemplate and stand up and tell the world “I am here!” We hope you make the best of it.
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