We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
The referring person tells me "She is a 22 year-old cum laude college grad with no goals and no direction. She was just a diligent student. No stem classes. She is living at home, and terrified by the big world. She is shy and not overly-attractive. Self-involved, alternating between self-loathing and mild grandiosity. Very supportive family. Despite her college grades, she seems to lack some basic life skills so her low self-esteem seems justified to me. I think you would be a good fit for her if you can engage her. Self-pitying but not depressed, not psychotic."
OK. I'll do a consultation. This sad story is in my wheelhouse, and I have seen it many times.
Have her talk to a military recruiter. Enlist not officer material. Air Force or Navy. In a four year enlistment she will learn more than she did in college and she will come out self confident and with a better idea what she wants in life.
please no, the last thing the armed forces need are more millenials with soft degrees like "diversity studies", "women's studies", or "black history studies" which this girl almost certainly has.
Might be good for her, will be a disaster for her unit.
She's better off joining the cub scouts, who now accept girls, they're her approximate mental age though from the sound of it probably a bit more mature.
Nah, boot camp is apparently now all Starbucks-like woke training. Just talked to a kid fresh out of A-school and disgusted with the Navy. Basic was basically lots of lectures on not touching this person or that goup, over and over. Went in gung ho wanting to be SEAL, now just looking to do is reserve duty and get out.
From what I've heard the navy is far worse at it than the army, possibly because of the closed quarters on ships making for more close contact between the sexes (and different "special groups" in general).
It's disgusting. And it's causing accidents, major accidents, as officers and enlisted are more concerned with ticking the right boxes on "diversity training" forms than with doing a proper job navigating, maintaining, and fighting their ships.
Query her on what things she's interested in. She might have a future at a... trade school (gasp!) Some skilled trades need deep brains.
Or... see if you can get her interested in STEM stuff, if she wishes to go with a college degree. Heck, having her take some STEM classes at the local community college might actually stimulate her mind. Could work, maybe.
I assume she is white. I often wonder when I see students like this whether they are beaten down by how often the education establishment tells them that their ancestors were genocidal, slave-beating monsters. This generation seems to hear it a lot and I would bet that it affects some of them pretty deeply.
Because of the push for everyone to go to college many young people never realize they'd like to do something different from academia. A basic starter job would really do her good, just physically moving could change her life if all she's ever done was sit at a desk. See if she has interests that involve working with her hands, she may have untapped creativity in baking/culinary arts or as a florist for example. Obviously, the military is a quick answer but I wouldn't recommend it for this girl, it wouldn't be fair to the rest of the country.