Do not refer to me as entitled youth simply because I am asking for help. I am not living through the same struggles that you might have had to but I hope that doesn’t make you think I am not living through one.
You refer to my paid internship as privileged. Well I hate to break it to you and your generation- but I CANNOT AFFORD TO LIVE OTHERWISE! The cost of living has become so unreasonable that I have to ask for a few extra dollars so I can afford to eat, clothe myself, and shower at the end of the day.
It is not the free labor I am exchanging for knowledge that I am complaining and demanding change for. Experience is the best life lesson. It is the lack of reasonable life necessities that are available to me while I earn that experience that I am focusing my demand for a change.
It takes a child 26+ years to leave their parents’ homes because it takes us that long to save enough money to do so.
We choose to be artists, musicians, journalists because we can do something we are passionate about while not having to be concerned with the amount of loans we are going to leave with.
I am 24 years old and not afraid to work hard. It is when working hard does not pay off-when having a Bachelor’s Degree in a field I want to work in becomes meaningless that my frustration climaxes. It is when I am unemployable to a craft store because I am too educated but am not educated enough to earn a salary job that my blood pressure starts to rise.
It is when adults in the generation before me become condescending to my complaints when they themselves paid a fraction of what I have to in regard to a college education and were hirable on graduation day that I lose my cool and raise my voice.
We are all struggling- we are all trying to find our way in the world. The world we live in is MUCH different than the one you were able to grow up in and the struggle is much more unreasonable.
I am not entitled because I am asking for help. I am simply asking for help. You can blame it on my generation or you can blame it on the society/ economy you have created for us. Either way, I am struggling with staying healthy and safe much less making a life for myself financially, academically, and professionally.
Take it or leave it but please, keep your condescending comments to yourself.