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Feels: You Aren’t A Failure For Not Having Your Life Together


By Audrey Browning

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College doesn’t prepare you for adulthood or the shitty economy. It prepares you for a career that may not even have an opening for you after graduation.

Recent college grads are having a more difficult time “launching” into life than past generations, making them severely depressed about not having their entire life together at age 22.

They shouldn’t be.

A study by Pew Research Center says millennial college grads still make more money and have a greater chance of being employed full-time than their less educated peers. The median salary of college grads is more than $15,000 greater than the median salary of those with only high school diplomas.

These statistics alone show that college degrees still offer a better chance of financial stability. Unemployment rates are continuing to decrease across the board as America pulls out of the Great Recession, so prospects are looking up. Don’t despair and be proud of your accomplishments! They’ll pay off.

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Millennials carry the weight of being labeled “slackers.” In reality, there is no evidence to back this claim up. Due to constant inflation and a lack of pay adjustments, working young adults can still make less a month than their expenses totaled. This requires a dependence on their parents, which contributes to the stereotype of the millennial as dependent or even needy.

News flash: living with parents to avoid unmanageable debt isn’t being a slacker – it’s being smart. Many parents understand the economy hasn’t given their millennial generation children a fair hand.

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The economy is what’s dragging these graduates down, and that isn’t anything they can control. Studies show that more than 30 percent of college grads are underemployed, working jobs below their education level, with more than 50 percent underemployed immediately after graduation.

But fear not, recent grads! These numbers become more favorable over time, dropping 10 percent within the first five years post-grad.

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In addition to education, millennials are waiting longer to buy houses and get married than their ancestors.

That’s right. This generation is more conscious about being financially stable before trying to start a family. Shouldn’t this be seen as being responsible instead of being lazy?

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Times have changed – very drastically – and it’s been argued that 25 is the new 21. Millennials aren’t any more lazy, selfish or entitled than any other generation. The recession placed itself at a point in history that makes millennials easy to pick on.

Whether you’re dependent on your parents for health insurance, a phone bill, or even rent, you aren’t failing at being an adult.

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