As of December 18, 2013, this author became a graduate of the University of Kansas.
This moment is really exciting, and I want to thank everyone who congratulated me on my Author Facebook Page as well as my Twitter. In fact, the University of Kansas was even on my Twitter and Facebook. Here are two pictures:
I could not thank everyone enough. Your encouragement does mean a lot. But today I want to talk about how I feel now that I’ve completed my undergraduate degree. I hope my opinion doesn’t offend any one because it is meant to be helpful. It’s honestly what I wish I was told when entering college in 2009.
I feel accomplished but not in the way I thought I would feel.
In fact, two weeks ago I would’ve labeled myself as depressed. Now, this is normal during a transitional phase, but I was surprised that I could not find any information on the specific things that I was crestfallen about.
I was sad because I felt like I wasted my time, money, and energy at college. On top of that, when I reached out to society for help or support, I was met with a hateful generalization of the Millennials. Everyone knows the stereotypical definition of people born between 1980 and 2000.
If we went to college, we are labeled as entitled idiots with debt. If we don’t go to college, we are labeled as lost idiots that are lazy.
As a graduate, I do not expect a salary right out of school. I work hard – every day – and I am proud of my resume. I also know I am not alone in this. In today’s world, my story isn’t special, so I’m not going to go into details about it. The economic situation is far from comfortable, but I am tired of seeing a majority of discouraging articles directed at my generation.
I am not saying the situation is not our faults. I am not saying the situation is the faults of those before us. What I am saying is totally different.
Why are we spending so much time hating on the generations before and behind us instead of fighting to fix the issues together?
We aren’t going to resolve anything by pointing fingers. Instead of theorizing about our economic situation or discouraging graduates and working adults, we should be encouraging everyone to continue to work hard.
Now, on the other hand, I am somewhat disappointed in the education system.
Out of all of my classes and professors, I can probably only remember a couple that I truly enjoyed and learned in-depth from. That is the truth. When I went to college, I thought it would FINALLY be the time for higher learning, challenging courses, and independent thinking. It wasn’t. Instead, it was a whole-lot of jumping through hoops and doing what I was told.
Education, at every level, is an institution for the masses rather than a support system for individualism.
Do not get me wrong. I certainly appreciate my opportunity to have participated in the higher education system. I would only like to see it improve. One week ago, I would’ve blamed my depression solely on college, but now that I look back, I know that it is more about what is happening in the world today economically, socially, and politically.
Simply put, the point of this article is to encourage everyone in and out of the Millennials to be positive about the future and work hard to get there. We will all get ahead if we stop pushing everyone down as we go. We need to support one another to move forward.
We are the giants. We must let the generations behind us stand on our shoulders instead of crushing their dreams beneath our feet.
The greatest lessons I learned were from those mentors and teachers who allowed me to stand on their shoulders.