Kim Bryson of Perrysburg: Thankful for the ‘boomerang’ opportunity

By Hannah Benson

“As soon as I got home and realized how much I missed it, with being so far away for school, it was hard to think about leaving again anytime soon,” said Kim Bryson, 22, of Perrysburg. 

Bryson, who recently graduated from Niagara University with a degree in early childhood and special education, played college softball and the time demands of athletics prevented her from working while she was a student. That is one of the reasons she moved back in with her parents.

“I think it’s a good option for those who aren’t quite ready to be on their own,” she said. “Whether they don’t have the money, they’re unsure about their future and where they want to be, or even if they just want to stay in the same city, it doesn’t make sense to pay for an apartment if your parents are willing to take you in for some time.”

Bryson said it was a big change, replacing a life filled with softball and schoolwork with spending her time searching for a job to cover her living expenses. She enjoys being home and the independence that her parents let her have as a boomerang kid, allowing her to make her own decisions.

“I offer up a lot of help when I can because I am thankful they allowed me to move back in,” she said.

She has given herself a timeline of one year to find a job, decide where she wants to live, and save money to support herself.

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