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Did you expect your OOS kid to come home after graduation?

LBad96LBad96 Registered User Posts: 3,499 Senior Member
Because apparently that's the expectation and desire in my household. They want me to head back to NJ after I graduate, yet they let me go to a different part of the country...they've even gone so far as to say they wouldn't have let me go OOS if they knew I wouldn't head back to Jersey.

More venting later, but I want some parents' perspective on this: if you let your kid go to school OOS, did you expect them to return to the state after graduation? Why or why not? If they did come home, was it a desire (or necessity) on their part or an obligation from your end?
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Replies to: Did you expect your OOS kid to come home after graduation?

  • beth's mombeth's mom Registered User Posts: 3,357 Senior Member
    I would not have been surprised if my daughter, who went 12 hours away to school, returned home. We live in the suburbs of a large city that would have been a natural place for her to find a job. However, I also am not surprised that she chose to stay in the state where she attended college. That's fine with me - it's her life and she should live it where she wants to. I went to college in the state where I grew up (Pennsylvania), but I haven't lived within a few hours of there since college graduation. Only one of my five siblings lives there - the rest of us are scattered widely. My husband grew up in a state adjacent to ours, but he's not living near home either. So to us it seems natural to NOT end up back at home.
  • intparentintparent Registered User Posts: 28,811 Senior Member
    edited May 11
    Ironically, D2 is headed to a Phd program 3 hours from where she grew up (but we live across the country now). I'd love to live near them. But have no requirement that they do so. I'd just be vague about your plans for now...
  • DadTwoGirlsDadTwoGirls Registered User Posts: 2,348 Senior Member
    One of my daughters went to university out of state. The other is about to start at a university out of the country (in Canada). I think that there is at most a 50% chance that each will return to the state where they grew up and where my wife and I still live. They will both be adults by the time that they graduate and they get to choose where to live.
  • SyrAlumSyrAlum Registered User Posts: 462 Member
    We sent D across the country to a school and on the east coast.

    Did I hope she would come back to LA? Yes
    Did I expect she would come back? No
    Is she coming back? No, she's moving to NYC in two weeks, after graduation.

    I am hopeful she will be back on the left coast eventually. She will be working for a big 4 accounting firm and sees some value in working for the corporate office for 2-3 years but then would like to make her way west. Interestingly, she likes the east coast but despises the weather. You can take the girl out of California...Of course, there is also a boyfriend in the picture who will also be in NYC working at one of those big tech firms headquartered in Northern CA. Maybe eventually...but I seem to be getting ahead of myself here. ;)
  • rhododendronrhododendron Registered User Posts: 203 Junior Member
    edited May 12
    I hope my kids end up somewhere I want to visit. We will encourage them to go wherever they want to be. I suspect one will settle in the general area where she grew up. I would not be surprised if the other settled abroad. They are both at schools a day's drive away.

    We plan to end up somewhere the kids want to visit.
  • HarvestMoon1HarvestMoon1 Registered User Posts: 5,917 Senior Member
    No not at all. My D has interned every summer and has only come home for a few weeks every August since she started college. Right now looks like she will end up in NYC. Think it is pretty standard for graduates to go where they accept a job offer. Expecting a student to come home would limit their opportunities substantially.
  • happy1happy1 Registered User Posts: 17,540 Senior Member
    For you the excellent news is that your parents expect you to stay at and graduate from UNCW.

    Other than that, take one step at a time. I'd tell them you plan on coming back to keep the peace..... but if you end up getting a job elsewhere after graduation and you are self-supporting then you can take it from there.

    FWIW both of my kids came back to NY and now are in NYC.
  • CALSmomCALSmom Registered User Posts: 405 Member
    My S wanted to get out of California and experience somewhere totally different for college so he's in central New York. He hasn't complained about the winter season but I'm sure it's a drag coming from virtually 12 months of nice weather. We supported his decision as long as it was financially prudent. We've put no expectation for him to return to SoCal but we have always been welcoming. I've gone as far as saying "If you move near us, marry and have kids your dad and I are more than willing to babysit and give you and your wife opportunities to get away." LOL!

    Anyway, we've told him no pressure to have a job upon graduation and that he's welcome to come home to take his time to job search. I'm afraid his school location will influence where he finds a job. I would imagine if that is the case, he'll end up in NYC after graduating.

    For the lifestyle he wants to have I see him on the west coast...but we will see how his summer internships turn out as these usually turn into permanent job offers after graduation.
  • UPenn20UPenn20 Registered User Posts: 1 New Member
    DS is in college 3000 mile away. All of his friends from college seem likely to remain out there so I'm sure that will be a big pull. However I've already dangled the bribe of free housing (a family rental property that he could live in for well below cost and subsidize by taking in a roommate) and that seems to have piqued his interest, at least to save money while working at a first job. We will see... it would definitely be my preference.
  • twoinanddonetwoinanddone Registered User Posts: 13,603 Senior Member
    I hope they'll get jobs, and they'll live near their jobs. My daughter's boyfriend has graduated and returned to his home in...New Jersey! D says she's not moving to NJ. She has one year of college left, so we'll see if she misses him enough to move to NJ.

    Other daughter goes to school in Wyo and it's equal distance to my home and to her boyfriend's home (also in Wyo). She lived there last summer and didn't like it at all, so I doubt she'll move there. More jobs here.

    You need to decide where you want to live, and find a job in that place, whether it be near your family or in Texas or California or NC. A job is the key. Why did they let you go? Really, you're asking that after you refused to go to school in NJ or any of the other places your parents wanted you to go?
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