You are not a loser, and let me tell you why.
You will have dealt with your fair share of assholes on the job. Entitled customers who demand to be treated like kings, lazy coworkers who foist all the work on you, be criticized on the way you look and the work you do, and maybe you even had a demanding boss who'd suckered you into working overtime without pay every other day.
Entitled students, demanding teachers and scathing criticism scribbled all over your assignments will be nothing compared to what you've been through, and you're even allowed to sit down while you work!
And guess what else? You will have money!
You might have more money than your baby bank account right now than it has ever seen since its opening. As an aspiring accountant, you will have hopefully invested what you can, or shoved it all into a savings account to grow.
And you know what that means? A head start on paying off student loans. While you go to school, your money will grow. By the time you graduate, you will have more money in your bank than most people graduating do.
You will have hopefully learned to budget and manage your finances, learned to control your impulse buys and curb bad spending habits. Unlike the students straight out of high school, you'll know better than to buy a new car when you have god knows how much money owed.
And maybe you'll think about all the people you graduated high school with and wonder where they are now. Successful? Maybe. In debt? More than likely. Out graduated out of uni/college? Almost certainly.
But you should remember that it doesn't matter because **** them.
It doesn't matter because you all have the same destination. (Retirement.) Doesn't matter how you get there. Maybe you need to take a detour backpacking across Europe, dedicate a year or two to your mental health, or spend four years underpaid and overworked, trying to figure out what you want. That's fine.
Because the goal isn't to get to the end as fast as you can. It's to just get there. And maybe meet some people, adopt some succulents, have some laughs and flip off some people on the way there.
One of my high schools teachers was sixty-something when I graduated. She was planning to go back to university herself because she was interested in this Greek course at a local university where we live. She would tell you that if she could do it at sixty, you can do it at twenty.
This is what I've been telling myself. I'm 22 and will be off to college this September. Take a deep breath. Don't panic. Best of luck.
· 6 months ago