Jessica Winters

Winters Survival Guide

Young, Broke, and Struggling? You’ve come to the right place.

We have been lied to about college

YOUNG, BROKE, AND STRUGGLING AS A NEW COLLEGE STUDENT

 Photo by  Camille Orgel  on  Unsplash

Photo by Camille Orgel on Unsplash

We have been lied to our entire lives.

I was born in 1996, and I am considered part of that "millennial" group. My entire life, I've been asked what my dream job is.

My DREAM job! "Wow," says little Jessica, "I can be whatever I want to be!" The list grew long and changed often, including positions like an artist, a professional singer, a veterinarian, and even an oceanographer. "I can't wait to be this cool when I grow up!"

And then, they teach us how to get that job.

"Oh, it's simple!" they say. "You go to college!"

"Is that after 6th grade?" asks the little boy in the back of the classroom.

"No. College is the school that you go to after you graduate from high school and you've decided what you want to be when you grow up. It's not free, but lots of people go, and you will only be able to get that dream job once you receive your college degree."

I'm sure you know how this story goes because many of you have seen it or experienced it yourselves. But let me humor you on the many lies we have been fed about college.

10 Common College Beliefs of My Generation:

  1. Anyone can go to college.
  2. Anyone can afford college.
  3. There is financial aid for you.
  4. You will have shelter and food as a student.
  5. You can get hired and work while in school.
  6. Everything will work itself out.
  7. Your degree is important to employers.
  8. School loans are easy to receive.
  9. Scholarships are easy to receive.

College life is far from easy, and navigating it can seem impossible.

 

So here I am, doing by best to stay afloat in the sea of job applications and parking tickets with a little humor and a lot of breakdowns. Because giving up is not an option.