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Has COVID pushed Bay Area stressors to the breaking point?

The Mercury News, Oct. 10, 2021

October 10, 2021

Has COVID pushed Bay Area stressors to the breaking point?

Aslan Nguyen, 22, graduated from UC Irvine and recently landed a job as a software engineer at a financial services company in Palo Alto. Nguyen, the oldest of three children, grew up in Daly City. He returned home during the pandemic, where he struggled to manage family health emergencies, tight finances and college studies. … Despite landing a six-figure tech salary just out of college, he’s more worried and uncertain about the future. Many of his college friends working in tech are already feeling burned out. “The career prospects here are excellent,” Nguyen said, “although I still feel I might get priced out eventually.”