MORGANTOWN, W.Va. -- So, you're out of school and not quite ready for the real world? West Virginia University Extension Service may be able to help.
Specialist Jane Riffe says many graduates experience mixed emotions. They worry about where their lives are headed and whether they have emotional and financial support.
She calls it post-commencement stress disorder.
Family financial specialist Ron Hatfield warns against racking up debt. He says graduates should pay down school debts, then focus on building a savings account to cover six to nine months of living expenses.
Hatfield says grads living at home can also head off stress with their parents by talking openly about money, establishing boundaries and keeping an open mind.
For more information, visit the WVU Extension Service Families and Health website.