By Cynthia Silva

“Their careers and how they do over the long term will have financial and economic implications for the country,” says Pew Research’s Mark Hugo Lopez.

Alexis Aviles, 22, had it all planned out. The recent University of Richmond graduate was going to move to Chicago and pursue a job with a nonprofit.

Then the coronavirus pandemic hit.

Quarantined with her family in her native New Orleans, Aviles, a first-generation college student, is taking a gap year with the Jesuit Volunteer Corps as she worries about her long-term job prospects.

“I don’t know what I’m going to do,” Aviles said. “Now, I’m taking the LSAT to see if [law school] is a more viable path then entering the job market right away, because the economy might need more time to heal before I get a job.”

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