There's an oxymoron about all college students -- we're told to enjoy our college years as they are, "some of the best years of our life," yet at the same time we're always being reminded of how we need to get our shit together and have time for school and school alone.
We're expected to further our education so that we can make something of ourselves, work and make our own money, and figure out how to balance growing up and becoming our own person works. Simply put -- don't find time to create your own life in between and enjoy your 20's because "we don't have time for that."
It's almost like we're expected to put the remaining aspects of our life on hold.
College is about learning from your own mistakes, becoming your own person, creating a life of your own, and juggling the demands of life so that all the pieces can find their way and fit together at the right point in time.
But someone please tell me why us college students have such high expectations? Working part-time is supposed to cover our bills but not cut into "study time." This is such a contradiction that, I'm assuming, will never be figured out.
And dating? Psh, hell we don't have time for that.
Here I am, twenty-two years of age, living on my own, going to college, working part-time, and dating. Yes -- I actually am capable of juggling all of the above. Why this comes across as such a big news flash to our parents beats the hell out of me.
With this being said, I am not incapable -- my bank account is.
It's a challenge finding a part-time job that pays you what you need and gives you the hours you need in order to make ends meet. And I say make ends meet very dangerously and with extreme fragility.
But what about a job that's going to work with your school schedule? So much goes into $8 an hour it's insane actually. Your life literally rests on that $8 an hour.
Hello emerging adulthood minimum wage that won't actually make me look capable of anything.
I may not be capable of successfully taking care of my own finances (yet) but I am very well capable of furthering my education, becoming my own person, balancing everyday life, creating a new life with new friends and a love life, and doing what it takes to be successful.
None of this requires me to put any part of my life on hold, instead, it means that I have entered the fast lane and am on my way to reaching possibilities and capabilities I have yet to accomplish.
Nothing about me is incapable, despite what my bank account says. My financial status does not define me.