Today's College Students Aren't Who You Think They Are
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Elissa Nadworny and Julie Depenbrock, NPR
Popular culture tells us that college "kids" are recent high school graduates, living on campus, taking art history, and (hopefully) graduating four years later.
In reality, the narrative of the residential, collegiate experience is way off. Nearly 17 million students head to college this fall. About half are financially independent from their parents, and nearly 1 in 4 is a parent caring for a child.