Michelle, who is a twenty-three (23) year old 2L at Northwestern with a summer associateship lined up (as almost all law students have), was saddened to read an article about her generation in Crain's, which she has "delivered to [her] apartment on a regular basis in order to stay up to date with business news in Chicago." Would hire!
I, like many of your profiled young millennials, have a discouraging amount of student loans that I will have to begin paying off upon graduation.The title of this article is literally "I'm a millennial, and I'm not screwed."
I knew going in to law school that I would be taking on this type of debt, and I did not allow that to discourage me. I did not give up to be a bartender or a nanny. I followed my dream. And I find it very disappointing that none of the millennials you chose to interview were able to offer an inspiring story of following one's dreams, like many of my classmates and friends have chosen to do.
Three cheers for student loan debt and the inspiring dream-chasing it enables! I'm so inspired by Michelle's unfinished story, I'm going to go out right now and sign myself up for an LLM or maybe even a PhD in legal studies philosophy or something. The good news is that I've got hundreds of schools to choose from and a friend in Uncle Sam who's more than willing to hook me up with the good stuff.
My dream, after all, is to chase the educational dragon. If you ever see me on skid row, don't shed tears of pity. I'm actually experiencing the economic reality of the lower-class individual to better understand the personal consequences of our deleterious socioeconomic policies, an elaborate form of performance art/graduate school research. Go ahead, ask me about John Rawls. I dare you.