Since I posted about the “I’m about to graduate debt-free and if you can’t, you’re just not trying hard enough” picture, it’s been coming up all over my search terms. So I thought it only fair to link to this takedown of the picture that does the math and the research to show that no, you probably can’t go to college and have an apartment on a minimum wage job, even if you do have 90% of your tuition covered.
I particularly love this part:
I have been able to be successful, in large part, because my parents were successful. I did something with what I was given, but I was given a huge amount, and to have squandered it would have been criminal. Having done what was expected of me shouldn’t warrant a pat on the back, it was, whether I want to admit it or not, the bare minimum. And to expect someone who wasn’t given a fraction of what I was given to do the same without help is wrong, and it’s senseless.
If you’re a middle class kid, or an upper middle class kid, or a rich kid, you have no right to claim that you got where you got simply because of hard work. You got where you are, at least in part, because of what others did for you, and if you hadn’t been born into a family of people who wanted to and were able to do those things for you, you would have needed someone else to do it.