The Truth About Your Adult Child’s First Year After College Graduation

They’re back! With costly college diploma in hand, thousands of 20-somethings have returned to the nest. Some will be starting jobs, while others ponder their next move. No matter which category, odds are most parents will provide some financial support to their adult child for a year or two — or more. A recent Upromise Sallie Mae poll found that 65 percent of parents expect to support their children for up to five years after college graduation, including those with jobs.

Yet even with a parental safety net, 20-somethings often feel adrift without school, which has anchored them for 16 years. Asked to describe life after graduation in three words, Mashable readers offered answers from the morose to the upbeat:

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