The American Dream is supposed to go something like this:
Go to school
Get a job
Fall in love
Find the perfect house
Do good in the world.
All sounds simple, but for Millennials, they say the game has changed and the pressures to succeed are unlike any other generation.
Three millennials gave their take:
- Gloria Ahn, a master's student at Cal State Fullerton
- Darren White, Journalism and Film major at UC Irvine
- Nichole Rupp, a development manager at a domestic violence shelter here in Fullerton.
Darren White on the expectations and reality of adulthood:
"When I was a kid, my mom she was extremely strict on my brother and I. So, just being an adult I just thought you could do whatever you want, go out as late as you want, travel, take trips, work, get money. And you know when I turned 18, I started getting these things in the mail called bills and it was a rude awakening for me. You know, just to know that I have to go to college, I have to pay bills, I have a car I have to take care of that so...it was definitely a rude awakening for me...being an adult."
Gloria Ahn on the different millennial priorities:
"I don't think there are specific things for millennials anymore. So for me, if I get a house which is a huge goal of mine, then awesome, but if I don't, it's not the end of the world. I have other goals in place.
Nichole Rupp on the pressures specific to millennials:
"I think that theres a tremendous pressure to make your life worth something. I think our generation as a whole is pretty aware of our privilege and so you spend a lot of your time and your efforts trying to turn that privilege into something that's bigger than yourself...I don't want to waste the time that I have and the privilege I was given."
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