I’m a ‘real person’ now. I graduated college this past May. My friends and I had always looked forward to the day when we would let go of the handrail of academia and independently walk forward to become successful New Yorkers with great jobs and bright futures.
Now, however, most recent grads that I know are experiencing severe disillusionment. They’re realizing that being a real person sucks–especially during a major recession.
Here are the top three reasons why real life is a pest:
1) JOBS: We’re all unemployed! Recent grads are wallowing in “a cornucopia of joblessness” (to quote my unemployed friend Rich Bellis, Vassar ’10). Many people have given up on that desired job in publishing or public relations. They have instead taken jobs as waiters or nannies. Many more are giving up completely and moving back home with their parents!
2) LOANS: On top of being unemployed, many recent graduates have tons of student loans to pay off. Suddenly, we not only have to figure out how to afford to live, but also how to pay back hundreds of thousands of dollars of debt.
3) INSURANCE: O, and we’re all going to die. And even if we don’t die, we’ll at least have to suffer through untreated colds, flus, infections, etc. All because we don’t have insurance. Many people I know are giving nearly $200 a month to companies like Empire Blue to cover emergencies and trips to the hospital, but when it comes to regular doctor appointments—they’re screwed.