Graduating from college is a fun, exciting moment in a young person’s life.
…At least, it’s supposed to be. But if you stare into the faces of this year’s crop of recent grads, you’re far more likely to see fear and stress than elation.
Because now that they’re finally free to pursue their dreams, they’re also obligated to start paying back all those student loans. And most of them are still unemployed.
But before you start in on some cliche about millennials being an entitled, unmotivated bunch of whiners, consider this. Has any generation in history ever been this financially crippled, straight out of the gate?
I think not.
But really—we students will be just fine. Because we’ve got an $80,000 piece of paper to certify our basic knowledge in a field that’s already obsolete. So it’s NBD. We’ll make it work. Or we’ll die and pass on the problem to somebody else… (sound familiar?)
In the meantime, millennials are venting their anger in the best way we know how. Via Twitter.
If you graduated anytime in the past decade, these 36 tweets on student debt will feel way too real.
1. Because college costs an arm and a leg… and a kidney, and a blood donation, and a set of molars…
2. Same bro. Same.
the financial aid office says I need to authorize my mom to pay my student loans?????
I AUTHORIZE *ANYBODY* WHO WANTS TO PAY MY LOANS
— Matt Bellassai (@MattBellassai) October 6, 2014
3. It’s only a matter of time before FAFSA takes my Instagram account just as seriously as employers do.
I'm telling FAFSA about y'alls spring break trips
— College Student (@ColIegeStudent) March 21, 2016