20something profile: Anna

This post was written by Anna, a 21-year-old college student:

One time, Macklemore said, “Thirty’s the new twenty because twenty-five-year-olds seem ten.”

I never thought of it that way, but once it was said, I really couldn’t disagree. It may be because I’m entering further into my twenties and leaving my teenage years behind, or perhaps it’s the near future of pure adulthood looming in the not-so-far distance. But either way, I’ve never felt more unknowing.

I don’t know what I’m doing with my life. And I’m really not afraid to admit it. Read the rest of this entry

20something profile: Jef

Work profile photoThis post was written by Jef, who is on the path to career success and taking others with him:

The year of your college graduation and what you studied

I am a young, ambitious and entrepreneurial 24-year-old from Sydney, Australia; yes, I do probably have a funny accent :). I graduated college, or university as we call it here down under, in 2011 with a degree in Bachelor of Business and Commerce. I majored in Human Resources and Organisational Development, sub majored in Accounting, and also a sub in Advanced Business Leadership (sounds fancy, right?).

This was from the University of Western Sydney; while it wasn’t the highest ranked university in Aus, I met some awesome people and enjoyed my time at the school. Read the rest of this entry

20something profile: Lisa

DSC_0524This post was written by Lisa, a medical student with a passion for travel:

So far, I think I’ve been pretty lucky. After graduating high school in 2007, I went right into music school to complete a Bachelor of Music in piano. It was four years of fun and hard work, and it was pretty awesome to spend all that time working on my craft.

The plan, however, was never to follow through with a career in music. Nope, my sets had been set on medical school from the start. Read the rest of this entry

20something profile: Emma

996854_10152969032510521_688598790_nThis post was written by Emma, who runs a travel blog/website:

I’ll be graduating in the summer of 2014, after studying Bsc Biological Sciences. I’m passionate about traveling, writing, and the environment, so after 21 years of trying to figure out my future, it shouldn’t have taken me so long to realise that my dreams lie in travel writing.

While at uni, I blog at www.wastingfees.wordpress.com about all parts of student life and my time at university, but I have recently established my new project, a travel blog/website at www.lifesbetterontheroad.com, which I can’t wait to really get stuck into and develop around the world. I’ve interned for a little with The Sunday Times Travel Magazine, with The Handbook London, and I edit for two newspapers at University.  Read the rest of this entry

20something profile: Chelsea

Chelsea Young_PhotoThis post was written by Chelsea, a 27-year-old writer, editor, and aspiring author:

There are two pieces of advice my dad has always told me in regards to a career:

Do what you love, and the money will follow.

You’ve just gotta get on the highway. Then you can choose your exit.

In this case, the highway represents that first job that gets you the “relevant experience” practically every job posting, even entry-level, has in the fine print.

While these are nice ideals, sometimes they are a bit lofty for the realities of having to pay rent and bills. But alas, through a lot of struggle and misshapen jobs, my dad proved to be right. Read the rest of this entry

20something profile: Harrison

20140212_181157This post was written by Harrison, an aspiring educator and a working musician:

Hello, everyone! My name is Harrison Rich. I’m 24, and I’m from the Saint Louis area. I graduated in December 2012 from Webster University with my bachelor’s degree in Music Education and plan on pursuing grad school this fall.

My experience at Webster was great and offered the exact right mix of what I needed in college: a small college experience with a healthy mix of music, education, and music education. Since Webster University is a small liberal arts college in a metropolitan area, I don’t consider it to be a “normal” college experience. Read the rest of this entry

Is the cost of college hurting millennials?

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Photo credit: Wikipedia

Is a college degree — and the debt that comes with it — hurting millennials? Here’s an article from Main Street that discusses how millennials are struggling to be financially independent because of advances in technology, a globalized labor force, and student loan debt:

What’s Causing Our Millennials to Fail at Becoming Adults (mainstreet.com)

It’s common to hear of millennials’ financial struggles: how they’re burdened with student loans to pay off, how they’re unemployed or underemployed, and how they’re putting off long-term commitments — like buying a house or starting a family — that previous generations were able to do much sooner. Read the rest of this entry

20something profile: Laura

girl-writingThis post was written by Laura, who has a career in fashion:

Before I started my degree, I did not expect to have a career in fashion after my 4 years of study. Graduating in 2012, I studied English and Spanish in a university in Devon with the general idea of perhaps going into teaching or translating after the course. However, as more and more lectures wore on, the concept of carrying on these subjects post university started to seem undesirable.

Suddenly, I was faced with a rather large stretch of future with no clue how to fill it. Don’t get me wrong, I loved studying my subjects, but the slightly limited careers relating to them didn’t exactly set me alight. It didn’t occur to me at the time that my part time work in retail would ultimately be my foot in the door to a rather tricky industry. Read the rest of this entry

Grad student lives in van to avoid debt

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Photo credit: Ken Ilgunas

How far would you go to avoid student debt? For one graduate student, the answer to that question was to live in a van:

Duke Grad Student Secretly Lived In a Van to Escape Loan Debt (finance.yahoo.com)

After struggling to pay his undergraduate loans, Ken Ilgunas wanted to return to school but didn’t want to accumulate any more debt. So after he enrolled at Duke University, he bought a $1,500 1994 Ford Econoline, parked it in a remote parking lot, and lived there for two years. Read the rest of this entry

20something profile: A.L.

apub2This post was written by A.L., who blogs about fantasy and science fiction:

Being a twentysomething is not all about having it all together. The best experiences that I’ve had are a result of making a mess, evolving, and learning about myself.

The promise handed down to us in one way, shape or form is that if we’re decent people who work hard, we’ll eventually have it all together with careers, relationships, and family. That is the modern variation of the white picket fence.

I didn’t achieve major self-actualization until I stopped believing this and accepted the current economic climate not with the mindset of a victim, but with the mindset of a self-starter. Read the rest of this entry

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