My DD wants to join AmeriCorps when she graduates so she can volunteer for a couple of years. I think this is a horrible idea. 1. Economy is good right now. She should be able to find a job. 2. She can volunteer all she wants if she has a job. (I'm big into volunteering myself.) 3. She doesn't have to defer her college loans and keep accruing interest to only pay more in the long run. (AmeriCorps will pay for some of these, but deferments are given for this, too.) 4. She only has loans so she had some "skin in the game." Her father and I paid for her education at a private school. 5. She will graduate with a Fine Arts and Art Administration degree. She is an amazing artist, but I think it will be hard for her to find something, even in a good economy, with that degree. I hope I'm wrong. 6. With a job she can start investing in a retirement account so she accrues more over time. Does anyone have experience with AmeriCorps? DD said that she will also try to find a job while pursuing this, but I don't think she'll put the effort into it if she's focused on this. I wonder if she is just trying to defer "adulting"? She is very mature, has studied abroad and lives in her own apartment while in school and is NOT a party girl by any stretch. I couldn't wait to leave college so I could start my earning years. I grew up very poor and didn't want to remain poor. Maybe we've just given her so much that she doesn't worry about us not being able to help her? While I struggle with this, I know that what is meant to be, will and that all will turn out ok.