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Issue #2276 :: Thursday, May 14, 2009
SPECIAL ISSUE: Graduation Issue

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Editor's Note
After all the late nights, blue books and beer runs, you're done. UC Berkeley, the most hospitable of institutions, has kicked you out. Although you'll undoubtedly get some calls from them soon asking you for yet more money, your hard time here is pretty much up.

Students Graduate With Heavy Debt Burdens
While calls of congratulations and job offers are what most graduates hope for as they finish their educational careers, many find themselves dreading the first calls coming from debt collectors.

How To Recession Proof Your Life
So you've graduated. In retrospect, that was probably not a good idea. Your future lays before you, a vast and empty precipice. The economy seems to mock you, a ruined and hopeless mess.

Graduate Schools See Increase in Applications
Seeking safe haven from a bad economy in the halls of graduate school may be a proven practice, but officials caution that it may not be as safe as applicants hope.

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Editor's Note
After all the late nights, blue books and beer runs, you're done. UC Berkeley, the most hospitable of institutions, has kicked you out. Although you'll undoubtedly get some calls from them soon asking you for yet more money, your hard time here is pretty much up.

Students Graduate With Heavy Debt Burdens
While calls of congratulations and job offers are what most graduates hope for as they finish their educational careers, many find themselves dreading the first calls coming from debt collectors.

How To Recession Proof Your Life
So you've graduated. In retrospect, that was probably not a good idea. Your future lays before you, a vast and empty precipice. The economy seems to mock you, a ruined and hopeless mess.

Graduate Schools See Increase in Applications
Seeking safe haven from a bad economy in the halls of graduate school may be a proven practice, but officials caution that it may not be as safe as applicants hope.

Recession Complicates Search for Employment
The current recession is not just the worst economic downturn since its most famous predecessor, the Great Depression; experts say it has also led to the worst graduation conditions since the 1980s.

Making Friends Is Hard to Do
To all my fellow graduating seniors: Take a look at your Facebook friend lists. How many of these friends will remain your friends a year after graduation? Two years? Five years? Ten years? My dad always tells me that friendships are fleeting and that sooner or later, all my friends will dissipate into memories of a more pleasant past. But that's probably because my dad was a loser and had no friends in college.

Entrepreneurs Create Their Own Job Market
Jason Stauth wanted to find work after graduate school that would challenge him to think outside the box. He found a source for his creativity when he joined start-up GreenLight Energy, where, besides making solar panels, he says he gets to create something that he truly values.

Taking the Stage for the Final Time
Hearing the echoes of your own words would be the coolest part. Or seeing the hundreds of faces in the crowd. Or stepping up to the podium for the first time. OK, I don't know-I'm not the authority on coolness.


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