It's time to justify your life! Sadly, many of us were not mature and wonderful when we were 14. When I was 15[I could legally work then] I saved up some money, but it was maybe a thousand bucks. Certainly not enough to go to college! I think that folks need to be more forgiving. While it's always been tough to work and go to school and have your own place, during these tough times, I think people should stick together. If families can pool their resources by living together, that's pretty efficient.
I'm watching the nightly business report- employers are giving new grads lower salaries. These are people who came out of college- I'm not adding in high school grads who have a tougher row to hoe.