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Abby Miller
Abby Miller (Wilner) is a higher education policy research consultant focusing on low-income, first-generation students, access to higher education, and the transition from college to the workforce. She is also co-author of the bestselling Quarterlife Crisis and Quarterlifer’s Companion, and founder of, an online community for twentysomethings and recent college gradautes. She has appeared on Oprah, Today, CNN, MSNBC, and BBC.

Entries by Abby Miller

Ask Not What You Can Do for Millennials, But What Millennials Can Do for You

(1) Comments | Posted April 26, 2016 | 5:19 PM

Why are we always trying to cater to Millennials? In media, marketing, human resources, education, all you hear about is "how do we please Millennials?" In terms of selling to Millennials, I get it - go ahead, test out a product with them all you'd like, make it colorful, whimsical,...

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'Nontraditional' But Increasingly Common Barriers to Higher Education

(1) Comments | Posted January 8, 2015 | 7:14 AM

At the heart of this country's vast income inequality -- an issue which has at last been gaining the urgent attention it deserves -- is a growing educational divide. A college degree is the ticket to employment and better quality of life, yet it is more than ever unattainable for...

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5 Myths About Labor and Delivery

(11) Comments | Posted November 7, 2013 | 9:53 AM

As I lay here awake at 3:00 a.m. as has become routine for me at 39 weeks pregnant, I'm trying to figure out whether the contractions I'm timing are the real thing or just Braxton-Hicks (the "training" contractions that happen throughout pregnancy). I've been driving myself and everyone around me...

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Breast May Be Best But It's Not Always a Choice

(10) Comments | Posted September 5, 2013 | 10:32 AM

I'm taking a break from my usual topic of college and the workforce to write about something deeply personal that's been weighing heavily on my mind. While many women are shamed for breastfeeding in public, other women are feverishly chiding their fellow mothers for feeding their babies formula. This anti-bottle...

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Millennial Myths

(0) Comments | Posted April 15, 2013 | 1:40 PM

Guess which current generation this statement describes: Twentysomethings who are taking longer than ever before to get married, choose a career, move out of their parents' home, become financially independent, and, essentially, become adults. If you guessed Millennials you'd be correct. However, if you guessed Generation X or Generation Y,...

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Does Major Really Matter?

(1) Comments | Posted March 5, 2013 | 3:27 PM

How many people do you know with history degrees who actually work as historians? Philosophy majors paid to philosophize? And psychology majors who are actually practicing psychologists? Probably very few examples come to mind. The original intent of a liberal arts degree is not to prepare you for a career,...

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Shvitz Happens

(1) Comments | Posted February 12, 2013 | 12:36 PM

I recently attended a lecture by Susan Cain, author of Quiet, a fascinating look at introversion, its commonality yet stigma in our society, and potential advantages in school and the workplace. That got me thinking about an awkward life phase I documented in Quarterlife Crisis, as we make the transition...

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Career Prep Connundrum

(1) Comments | Posted November 2, 2012 | 1:18 PM

Today's traditional liberal arts colleges and universities are facing a dilemma: stick with the "learning for the sake of learning" model, or integrate career preparation elements into their curricula. I would argue the two are not mutually exclusive, and now that a degree comes with a hefty price tag, it's...

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Is More (Advanced) Education Always Better?

(13) Comments | Posted October 8, 2012 | 12:53 PM

When did the Master's degree become so commonplace, and so meaningless? It seems that the master's degree has replaced the bachelor's as the minimum requirement for a career pathway job. On the one hand, politicians and education advocates urge all Americans to get a bachelor's degree; that's their ticket to...

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