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Northeastern Grad Takes Heat For Complaining About Success

By Jim Armstrong, WBZ-TV
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BOSTON (CBS) – Karina Bolster graduated from Suffolk University this spring. She has two part-time jobs in Boston, but she doesn’t earn enough to pay her bills.

“I had that reality check from my dad today who just called,” she explains. “My parents have said if you don’t have a job by August 18th, we’re moving you out.”

In other words: It’s back home to Pennsylvania if the 22-year-old can’t find full-time work and benefits in the Boston-area.

“I have a lot of friends who are in the same boat as me, so it kind of makes me feel a little bit better,” Bolster adds.

Until, that is, she read a Huffington Post op-ed by Taylor Cotter.

Cotter is also 22 and also has a journalism degree. She just graduated from Northeastern University – but she has a full-time job already.

And she wrote an essay that many saw as kind of complaining about it.

“I often find myself lamenting the fact that I’m not living at home and not working a part-time job,” wrote Cotter.

She says that since she is not suffering like her peers, she’s sad to miss “character-building experiences that [she] may never have.”

“What about the struggles that I see … and the tales of credit card debt and ramen noodle dinners? Aren’t these the things that really make you 22,” Cotter asks.

On the campus of her alma mater, other Northeastern grads try to understand where Cotter is coming from. They point out that Cotter certainly worked hard to get a job right out of college, and she was able to take advantage of the school’s co-op program which allows students to gain real-world, for-credit work experience.

Ian Burn, who got his undergraduate and graduate degrees at Northeastern, is a co-op success story himself.

“It’s a very different experience having a co-op and going into the labor force,” Burn explains. “I wouldn’t say it makes it a golden ticket, but it definitely is a very different experience than students who just have unpaid internships.”

But from Karina’s perspective, it’s just a bit unseemly to act like you’re missing out on life, since you’re lucky enough to be able to pay your bills.

“You should be grateful for having a full-time job right out of college. A lot of people would kill for that,” she says.

Cotter refused our request for an interview.

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