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“Twentysomething: Be Responsible, Go Back Home After College” by Ryan Healy and “The ‘Responsible’ Child” by Florinda Vasquez. 2. Both Healy and Vasquez use the word “transition” to describe the time between graduating from college and becoming independent; however, Healy also tried to explain this as a “stage.” What is Healy’s purpose in calling the phenomenon “a stage”? In your opinion, is this phenomenon simply a transitional period, or a stage of life, or both? Explain.

The transition time between graduating college and becoming autonomous is commonly used in both essays: “Twentysomething: Be Responsible, Go Back Home After College” by Ryan Healy and “The ‘Responsible’ Child” by Florinda Vasquez. However in Healy’s essay, she tried to define this transition as more of a stage. The time between college and adulthood is described as “a self- focused stage where people have the freedom to focus on their own development” (Healy 173). The stage that Healy tries to portray is used to help college graduates prepare for the brutal world that have been covered by blinders and have recently unleashed them. The period of time between college and adulthood requires most graduate students to live with their parents, as the money that they are trying to save will increase over time. The money that augments as time goes by will help college graduates to become more stable as they move out of their parent’s domestic area. Rather than college students focusing on “rent, bills and kids, emerging adults living at home with their parents have the ability to focus on the most important aspects of emerging adult life: figuring out who they are and what career is right for them” (174). This phenomenon is both a simple transitional period and a stage of life because living with parents is beneficial. This transition is common with most graduating students because it allows the students to enhance their knowledge on the different types of career they wish to pursue in. It is however also a stage of life. The stage is defined both between adolescent and adulthood where one accept the responsibility of becoming independent. 6. If an adult child does need to reply on his/her parents through the transition to full independence, which of the following paths, as Vasquez points out, is the best route to take: going away and coming back or attending a local university and living at home? In your opinion which is the best solution and why?

Attending at a local university and commuting from home is one of the best transitions to full independence. Before one attends college, their entire life was originally spent at home. When a students commutes to a college, they are still at home which means that they are comfortable with the nature of their living. Commuting from home also saves parents from going through a financial crisis, as dorming is expensive. This allows the student to become wise and understand the value of money. Usually when one goes to a local college yet still lives at home, he/she enhances their knowledge daily as they grow to become more independent. “For generations, it’s been traditional for young adults to have to work their way up in the world; it’s a formative experience intellectually, emotionally, and materially” (Vasquez 175).  As a student lives at home, everything is given to them, but as the students grows “intellectually, emotionally, and materially”, the student becomes more independent. If the student lives with the parents it is easier for him/her to work their way up as the student is stable and has support financially and morally from their parents. However after one goes to college, becomes completely independent, then moves back home “signals a reluctance to take on [the] challenges, as well as a sense of entitlement to a particular lifestyle that [the] young adults grew up with and don’t want to sacrifice” (175).  This reluctance shows languor as well as the obstinacies as refusing to become independent. Not...
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