About said Millennial…

A pretty average, college educated millennial trying to navigate the pitfalls of life, and fuck if that life’s not a struggle…

I started out as most do, excited. I left home when I was 17 and didn’t think I would ever look back. Went to college, graduated, yay!, and then was told, “in order to really make out there you need to get your Master’s degree.” So naturally like most I took out another student loan and off to grad school I went. 2 years of hard work and pressure provided me with a fancy degree, the credentials to do what I’m most passionate about and a huge sense of accomplishment…that was until the deferment of my loans ended and the crushing debt of $50,000 in big red letters stared me in the face. The real world came rushing in like a tsunami and I thought I was ready. Geared up with my freshly printed resume and business attire I hit the job boards and applied to everything I felt qualified for, however I wasn’t qualified for anything according to them. I mean of course they wanted someone with a Master’s degree but they also wanted someone with 2-4 years experience…when the fuck did I have time to do that? While I was neck deep in term papers or while I was waiting tables so I could semi-support myself through school? My story isn’t unique, so many others go through the same bs and end up exactly where I am today, asking myself these questions…

Why am I still living at home? How come my degree turned out to be useless when entering the real world? Why is the median rent rate in any major city where my degree will be useful as much as some people pay for a mortgage? Why is every question I ask about me? Well because I’m a millennial and these are our struggles.

I don’t disagree with people, do I think we as a generation feel entitled? Maybe, I blame those who gave every child a participation ribbon at field day. Do I think we get a bad rep because we believe in voicing our struggles? Hell yes. I don’t think there are many differences between us or the generations before us, I think you all gave us the tools to make changes where we see fit. So this is me using the tools I was given, maybe it’ll make a difference.