Voices of Emerging Adults

Robin Pfeifer, 23, describes herself as “definitely in-between. I’m not an adolescent, but I don’t feel like I’m an adult either.” She and her boyfriend, Luke, share an apartment, but say marriage isn’t on the horizon. Robin is in her “first real job” as a marketing assistant for a communications firm, but she says it’s not long-term. She expects that next year she and Luke will move to Colorado – doing what, she’s not sure – but she’s optimistic they’ll find good jobs.



Kristy Amendolare, 27, came through emerging adulthood with relatively few hitches. She completed her master’s degree and is beginning a job as a speech pathologist. She’s also engaged to be married. Kristy credits her parents for helping her with this life phase. “My father has always been passionate about his work and always very responsible. My parents emphasized education and always provided support when I needed it, like tutors. Seeing that, I always pushed hard in school.”



Elizabeth McManus, 25, is moving in with her mother to give herself space to figure out what she wants to do. There are “countless” things she could do, she says. She has been a childcare teacher and worked with special needs children. She’s considering learning a trade, probably welding. She also has an interest in art. “Elizabeth is very wise, and I can appreciate that now,” says her mom, Kathleen, who at 25 was married and in her fourth year of working. “She is much better at following her heart than I was.”