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Advice for the Class of 2012: How to Live with Your Mom


University of Baltimore Asst. Prof. and Bohemian Rhapsody Columnist Marion Winik welcomes her second grown son back home with open arms and a long list of suggestions.

Are you are a member of the elite group of young people who completed their undergraduate studies last May? If, in addition to passing your classes, you returned your library books and paid your parking tickets, you are now the proud owner of a college diploma. And there it is — tacked between a faded Tony Hawk poster and a stolen street sign on the wall of your childhood bedroom.

Like so many of your peers, you have moved back home. The way things are going, this return to the nest may last quite a while. Here are some things to consider as you navigate this tricky situation.

Before You Grab Your Diploma and Run


Before you say goodbye to the freshly minted college graduate down the street, you may want to say something else first: stay. Kiplinger.com just released its list of Ten Great Cities for College Grads and Baltimore made the grade, ranking higher than Austin, Denver and Atlanta in per capita income for downtown residents. Citing a relatively low cost of living and rent (compared with other major cities), strong income growth, thriving waterfront and downtown districts, extensive bus and subway systems, and an easy train commute to Washington, D.C., the report gives plenty of reasons not to pack it in just yet. Why not just take off your cap and gown and stay a while?