Post Grad: Five Women and Their First Year Out of College

Post Grad Five Women and Their First Year Out of College An honest and deeply reported account of five women and the opportunities and frustrations they face in the year following their graduation from an elite university Recent Princeton graduate Caroline

  • Title: Post Grad: Five Women and Their First Year Out of College
  • Author: Caroline Kitchener
  • ISBN: 9780062429490
  • Page: 338
  • Format: Hardcover
  • An honest and deeply reported account of five women and the opportunities and frustrations they face in the year following their graduation from an elite university.Recent Princeton graduate Caroline Kitchener weaves together her experiences from her first year after college with that of four of her peers in order to delve deeply into what the world now offers a femalAn honest and deeply reported account of five women and the opportunities and frustrations they face in the year following their graduation from an elite university.Recent Princeton graduate Caroline Kitchener weaves together her experiences from her first year after college with that of four of her peers in order to delve deeply into what the world now offers a female college graduate, and how the world perceives them.Each of the five girls in this diverse group were expected to attend college but most had no clear expectations for their futures post graduation And as Kitchener follows each member of the group, it becomes harder to reduce them to stereotypes, harder either to defend or to judge their choices Kitchener navigates expertly between the very personal and the wider sociological perspectives as she outlines a chronological year in the lives of all five women, illuminating and clarifying each one of their choices, victories, and foibles.Both a broad and an intensely individual exploration, Post Grad is a portrait of the shifting environment of that important year after graduation, as well as an intimate look at how a select group of very different individuals handles its challenges navigating family tensions, relationships, jobs, and that ever elusive notion of independence.

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    1. IQ "Sometimes she [Denise] had to remind herself that, even though she didn't have a tight group of best friends, she did have a lot of people who cared about her. They were just scattered" (177).I don't think it's news to anyone that recent college graduates face a lot of anxiety about leaving college, there's excitement and fear combined with the fact that you are leaving a community. But I am glad that this book was written to explore in particular how young women deal with the first year out [...]

    2. Loved, loved, LOVED this book! Especially for college women who are nearing the end of their undergraduate experience. The book was following the lives of 5 women, and the stories were real, vulnerable, and relatable. I would recommend it to all of my friends!

    3. This title particularly appealed to me (even before I requested the ARC) because, as I rapidly approach the two-year mark since my college graduation, I was eager to discover how other people my age traversed those initial months and years out of college. And I'm particularly happy to know that I am not alone in my struggles.From the description and upon reading the introduction, I did not expect this book to have such a narrative. Nonfiction about #postgradlife will surely be about facts and fi [...]

    4. Boy, I wish I would've had this book when I graduated from college back in 2014. Nevertheless, the book shows just how stressful and transformative that first year out of undergrad truly is.

    5. This book follows five young women from a variety of backgrounds as they carve out a life for themselves after graduating from Princeton. The writing flowed easily between each woman's story, and it was interesting/a relief to see that even Ivy League graduates can be lost in life immediately following graduation.However, it may be because this book followed Princeton graduates - a majority who came from incredibly wealthy families - that I had a hard time empathizing with the characters' strugg [...]

    6. Highly recommend! The first year out of college is a tough one for many women, who may find themselves suddenly removed from the tight-knit communities they developed--but no one really talks about it. Kitchener tackles the experiences of these five women with honesty and empathy, and I am grateful that she has shed some light on this shadowy, confusing, post-college period. At a time when many young women feel isolated, Kitchener shares a simple, but important message: you are not alone.

    7. This was an interesting book about 5 young women in the year after their graduation from Princeton. The author writes about herself and 4 classmates, weaving their family history and time and Princeton into their post- grad lives. The stories are compelling and the author does an excellent job portraying the hope, fears, angst, and joy of her subjects. Nearly thirty five years after my own graduation from an Ivy League institution, I was struck by how much more angst students have about their fu [...]

    8. I couldn't put this one down! I so quickly became so invested and engrossed by these young women's lives. Got me thinking about my post-graduation year in a whole new way. Highly recommend!

    9. I can't imagine that Princeton PR is thrilled with the book. I don't think the school was presented in a good light during the book. I guess it's good that I have friends posting from Reunions 2017 this weekend to help balance things out.I know that she said that she tried to find really diverse people, but in some ways they weren't that diverse. Michelle (jazz singer) and Olivia (documentary producer) were both international students from extremely wealthy families. Of the 5 women, it seems tha [...]

    10. The author writes about the angst-ridden lives of four female classmates plus herself in their first year after graduating from Princeton in 2014. The book was interesting and a super-fast read, but three out of the five had problems that were either self-initiated or so insipidly first-world that it was hard to be interested or sympathetic. I tried to keep in mind that at age 22, to quote a wise faculty member I know, “They ain’t growed yet” but still they just struck me as spoiled rich k [...]

    11. Really well written. Author clearly states this is about four women from Princeton, but I identified with some of the struggles they talked about and just loved hearing their stories.

    12. I loved how personal this book became. It started out with statistics and a slight separation from each of the girls in regards to their stories and connection to the author. But by the time you get even half way through the year, you can tell that the author is connecting with these women, across ideologies and life paths, to come together in their first year of freedom and terror. I love that she ended the book by discussing what this year out of college meant for all of them and the fact that [...]

    13. Post Grad reveals Caroline Kitchener’s startling facility for journalism through her precise, portrait-like narration of five women’s first independent forays into the real world—including, boldly and necessarily, her own. As each woman navigates family, love, purpose, dependence, and potential, Kitchener traces her own uncertain transitions with the perceptive attention of a memoirist. Ivy League education or no, there’s no prep course for how to cultivate one’s independent identity o [...]

    14. Of course, as one reviewer noted, the experiences of these five women in "Post Grad" are not typical. But they are extremely engaging, even gripping, in part because Kitchener so deftly contrasts their experiences with those of other grads, giving the reader a very broad sense of current post-grad life. It bears some resemblance to my own nomadic years following college in the seventies, but only some. Grads still seek success. Many still follow their dreams. And much of their culture, mores and [...]

    15. Such a wonderful book-- I would highly recommend!! Although I am a few years out of college, I can absolutely remember that first year after I graduated. Suddenly, I found myself in a new space, making my own decisions, living on my own. Of course, happy to graduate from college and have a job and be out in the world, but still definitely confused as to what I wanted and who I was trying to become. I was also very lonely, much like the author.Reading this book put me back in that place-- allowin [...]

    16. I kept thinking that these five women couldn't be representative of the majority of that year's Princeton graduating class. Interesting, and does a good job of examining the emotions and decision making the girls went through over the course of the year. I just have a hard time believing these were the experiences of most college graduates, especially from the Ivy League.

    17. I have conflicted feelings about this book.On one hand, I am thrilled someone finally wrote about and documented the experience of a college graduate in this day and age. This author graduated the same year I did so she and I both fall right into that generation swimming in debt with no idea what to do with our supposedly worthless piece of paper they call a college degree. I appreciated the honestly and struggle. They wide array of topics was wonderful from familial relationships to romantic re [...]

    18. This is a weirdly interesting book. I picked it up because I'm looking for insight and perspective of the life of my 21 year old millennial daughter is living and might be facing. The non fiction memoir/autobiography of five women's year after graduating from Princeton (the Post Grad part).First, I have 30+ years of life experience on these women, so I had to be careful to read and not judge (judged plenty, trust me). Next needed to remember that this generation is so different the boot-strap li [...]

    19. All this taught me was that it's not the students who get into Princeton, it's the parents. Jesus. All of the women in this story were Ivy League-coached by their parents, who edited their essays and perfected their extracurriculars. For real? For every self-motivated student who gets rejected from Princeton, there's one of these kids whose parents wrote their college essays and who can't function when they choose a career path that isn't on the Approved List. Also, the love that comes from thes [...]

    20. This story of a handful of Princeton graduates' first year out of college makes me sad. These ladies are unrecognizable compared to my friends. Thank goodness. They are obsessed with what everyone else is doing and how everyone else sees them. How is taking money from random men making Olivia more independent than taking her parents' money? How is sleeping with people you don't know for money better? How is she a documentary filmmaker? Can one call themselves a documentary filmmaker while sleepi [...]

    21. As a senior staring down the final weeks of fall semester, keenly aware that only one semester remains between me and the real world, Post Grad was the book I didn't know I was looking for until I stumbled across it.Kitchener has a knack for portraying these women, including herself, full of human complexity. I found everyone's stories compelling and wanted the best for all of them. Watching real people grapple with the questions of what comes after college and what sorts of lives they wanted to [...]

    22. This book was a lot less academic than I expected. I realize this sounds a bit vagueat is, it read more like a story than a report. That wasn't a bad thing, and I was impressed with this woman, writing this just out of college. But I personally didn't really gain anything from it. It was a quick, interesting read--the five subjects of the book lead lives so completely different from my own, and everything they did was novel to me. Again, though, I didn't get any revelations from this. The first [...]

    23. Five stars might be stretching it, but this is a well written book and the best I've read in awhile. Caroline Kitchener tells the story of four women from her Princeton class as well as herself over the twelve months after they graduate in narrative form. The women struggle with the expectations they place on themselves, the expectations they believe others have placed upon them, relationships with significant others and how those relationships play into their career goals and their relationship [...]

    24. I enjoyed this book and the rawness Kitchener was able to access in her interviews. My biggest complaint is that by the end of the year, all of the women spent the majority of their time (as perceived in the book) thinking about a romantic relationship. It factored into every decision they made! I don't think the same would happen if she wrote about 5 male friends in their first year of out of college. I was hoping there would be more discussion of professionalism and adjusting to a non-school l [...]

    25. This book is so important - as Kitchener points out, there isn't a lot of literature out on the first years out of college, though it's a critical and daunting time in an adult life. I love this book because I love reading stories of women, an Kitchener's prose is so clear and fresh. I HIGHLY recommend it to anyone (especially young women) starting college, in college, or right in Kitchener's target demographic - recent postgrads like me.

    26. Kind of leaning towards 2.5 stars, but I'm not sure if I put too much pressure on this book. As a recent college graduate, I felt this book was relatable and kind of reassuring like, maybe I'm not totally fucking up, ya know? However, all five graduates in this book come from a place of privilege and that can't be denied. I think someone not in the same demographic as the the graduates profiled wouldn't enjoy this book.Also, I kind of felt like the author played favorites.

    27. Kitchener follows 4 of her fellow classmates from Princeton in their first year out of college to see how they navigate their post school years. I love this type of nonfiction as, with the exception of the introduction, it was just the stories of their lives. It brought me back to the uncertainty of my post college years.

    28. This book was a great way for me to see inside the life of 5 just-graduated women in the year following their college graduation from Princeton. Anyone who will be graduating soon, is a recent graduate, or wants to gain insight into some of the life adjustment-related issues such young women face will enjoy this book.

    29. "Something to read" is part of the Christmas list for our family. Trying to read things that my kids might like- picked this one up as one of my chicks is about to enter this season. Worth the read for young adults- I was intrigued. Think any young adult about to venture into the world would appreciate Kitchener's very frank insight about this giant transition.

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