Plus: How this year’s graduating class of college students are feeling as they enter the workforce.
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Plus: How this year’s graduating class of college students are feeling as they enter the workforce.

By Grace Madigan

Hey there, it’s Thursday.

We’re not gonna waste any time with today’s intro because there’s too much news to get to.

Keep reading to find news about the increased parking rates in the city, an original on how this year’s graduating college students are feeling, and a giveaway with Sasquatch Books that you’re going to want to get in on. And don't forget to tune into our Instagram Live today at 4 p.m. with dating and relationship expert, Cora Boyd!

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🏡Here’s how Seattle’s mayoral candidates plan on addressing houselessness if elected. KUOW asked each candidate the same question: ”What’s one thing you would do differently to address the crisis here?” Their answers varied from specific to more abstract. Here’s what they had to say.  (KUOW)

🚘Another sign of pandemic recovery: On-street parking rates are being raised once again. The prices will still remain below pre-pandemic levels, but most areas will see rates increase by $0.50 or $1. The most expensive rate will be in the International District in the afternoon, where it’ll cost quite a few pretty pennies — $2.50 per hour to be exact — to park. (The Seattle Times)

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A look into post-grad life for Seattle students after a pandemic year

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This time of year marks the end of the school year for most students. And for those graduating from college, it marks their official step into the adult world and post-graduate life.

In any normal year, graduates are feeling the full spectrum of feelings — excitement, pride, nervousness, and even fear for what the future holds. But this past year one of those emotions eclipsed all the others — an overwhelming sense of anxiety amid a challenging job market after a complicated year of virtual learning.

Carol Lwali, the Associate Director of External Relations for Seattle University’s career center elaborates:

“This time last year, the picture was quite bleak. It couldn't have been more different than the way that year had began. I'd say at the beginning of 2020, it was going to be some of the best job markets and three months, four months in, it turned out to be quite dismal.”

A number of students lost internships their junior year — a pivotal time for those looking to secure a job after graduation. Last month, Pew Research published a study that found 69% of adults between the ages of 20-29 who had graduated from college with a bachelor’s degree or higher the previous spring were employed. That number was down from 78% in 2019. 

Read the full story on our website and register for our virtual event next Wednesday, June 9 featuring Christine Tang, Executive Director of Families of Color Seattle; Regina Malveaux, Director of the Washington Women’s Commission, Office of the Governor; and Vai Paleso’o, Vaccine Ambassador, UTOPIA Washington.

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🌈Participate in the annual community clean-up event organized by PrideFest (Capitol Hill)


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One more thing …

We didn’t forget about Throwback Thursday! We’ve got this week’s artifact from MOHAI right here. 

This pin is from Seattle’s Pride Parade & Rally in 1999 when they commemorated the Stonewall Riots which took place 30 years ago. Interested in learning more about Seattle Pride’s history? Check out this article from our archives. Have your own memories of celebrating Pride in Seattle? We’d love to hear them and maybe even feature them right here in our newsletter — just hit reply to this email with your stories. And don’t forget to register for our virtual Pride event on Thursday, June 24 with Seattle Gay News!

Catch ya later!

— Grace at The Evergrey

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