Why It's Hard Being a Millennial

Being A Millennial Is Actually Really Hard

It's not as easy as it seems.

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I read somewhere that part of the reason why my generation is so dissatisfied with life is that we were raised with all these unrealistic expectations that we can now see are very difficult to obtain. We were told from a young age that we could be whatever we wanted to be, and we could have big families and big houses.

Now that we've matured, we see just how much of a lie that was. We graduated high school and were pushed into college. We're part of the ways through and now we're being told, "Hey, this isn't enough. Do more! Go further!"

What do you mean go further?! We're at a point now where a bachelor's degree is almost equivalent to a high school degree and there are UNPAID INTERNSHIPS that require you to have a bachelor's degree! Um, excuse me?

We wanted to have a big house with a big yard and a fancy car, all by the age of 25. We're currently in our early twenties and have three roommates and take the train or bus everywhere we go. We can't afford new cars.

College tuition is adding up and there's going to be some debts to pay. We have to consider where we're going to go after we graduate. More school? Get a job? Are we going to go back home to live with our parents or try to find a place somewhere else? How many roommates?

All of these things are so stressful and instead of acknowledging this massive amount of stress on millennials, people choose to write articles about how we're killing the diamond business or aren't having enough kids. What people don't understand is that we can't even take care of ourselves.

There's this massive financial burden on our shoulders and we're expected to just deal with it, and work for what we want as every other generation has before us. That's easy to say though, especially because back in the day, college didn't cost an arm and a leg. Textbooks weren't almost a grand. Room and board were affordable and not considered a luxury.

Let's not forget everything that's happening in the world around us! There are so many hungry and homeless people, and we're upset about how unfair people are being treated. We're upset about global warming and how it's been brushed off for so long, that now it's nearly impossible to fix.

So, all of these things are happening in the world around us and we feel discouraged in every which way, and we don't know what to do. Yet someone will still choose to write about how we're killing the diamond business. Wow.

To all millennials: things are so hard, and we've grown up with these expectations about life that turned out to be pretty much lies. However, attaining our dreams is not something that is totally out of reach. Helping to fix the planet isn't hopeless. We can still put our best foot forward and try to do our best even though we've been dealt the short end of the stick.

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To The Girl Who Isn't Graduating On Time, It Won't Feel Any Less Amazing When You Do

Graduating is something to be proud of no matter how long it takes you.

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To the girl who isn't graduating college "on time,"

I promise, you will get there eventually, and you will walk across that graduation stage with the biggest smile on your face.

You may have a different journey than the people you grew up with, and that is OKAY. You may have some twists and turns along the way, a few too many major changes, a life change, you may have taken most of a semester off to try to figure your life out, and you're doing the best you can.

Your family and your friends don't think less of you or your accomplishments, they are proud of your determination to get your degree.

They are proud of the woman you are becoming. They don't think of you as a failure or as someone any less awesome than you are. You're getting your degree, you're making moves towards your dreams and the life that you have always wanted, so please stop beating yourself up while you see people graduating college on time and getting a job or buying a car.

Your time will come, you just keep doing what you need to do in order to get on that graduation stage.

Your path is set out for you, and you will get there with time but also with patience. The place you're at right now is where you are supposed to be. You are going to thrive and you are going to be the best version of you when you graduate and start looking for a company that you will be proud to work for. Don't look on social media and feel less than, because at least you're still working towards your degree that you are finally passionate about. You will be prepared. You will be ready once the time comes and you cross the stage, move away, and start your journey in whatever field you're going into.

Don't question yourself, and be confident in your abilities.

With love,

A girl who isn't graduating on time

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Everyone tells you to prepare for the best years of your life.

They tell you to prepare for all of the new challenges and new opportunities.

They say that you will meet your future people in college.

What they don't tell you is how much it will hurt.

Seeing old friends disappear because you are no longer home.

Watching your grades fall because the class is too difficult to pass.

Hearing and witnessing your family struggle and you aren't able to be with them.

Seeing all of the adventures that others are going on while you are stuck in your dorm room with the same stack of papers you have been trying to finish for three days now.

They don't tell you how difficult the transition will be.

They especially don't tell you how hard it is to live with someone.

The best of friends can live together and then grow to hate each other.

Complete strangers will move in and never speak.

You'll find friends that are simply just your "writing friend" or "band friend".

Many of the labels from high school can sometimes stick around.

If you're not out drinking or clubbing, then people think you don't have a life.

College is great, but don't think that it will be easy.

You have to make things easy in order for things to happen.

You can't just go around doing whatever and expect things to work out.

It takes time and it takes commitment to succeed in life, and in college.

The best way to deal with it all, find someone!

Find someone that you can get coffee with and watch sports with.

Find someone to eat dinner and lunch with.

Find someone to study religion and math before the next test.

Find someone!

Find your someone, a friend or someone special, to help you make it through everything that life throws at you.

If I had that someone I might have been better off my first year.

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