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Class of 1999 lives with dashed dreams

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When Utah college students grabbed their diplomas as part of the class of 1999, they probably expected great things in the future. After all, the economy was booming, money was flowing and jobs were plentiful.

Five years later, many members of that class nationwide are facing quite a different reality.

Although they were in demand and getting high salaries upon graduation, when the economy started slumping in mid-2000, many of them were fired or had their pay cut, according to an Associated Press article on Page M10 of today's Money section.

Now, many are struggling to move up the corporate ladder or out from under their parents' wings, and getting promoted or buying a house is much harder than they anticipated. But they are trying to adjust and maintain hope for the future.