The simple truth is Taylor Cotter and I have a few things in common. We both have a journalism degree from Northeastern University. We both decided at an early age we wanted to be writers. We both made ourselves as employable as possible by taking “internship after internship, student leadership, part-time jobs and graduating early.” And we both landed jobs right out of college.
I am going to go ahead and assume this is where the similarities end.
I’ve never met the girl but I am sure Cotter is a perfectly nice, upstanding citizen who loves puppies and her mother. But from this article I can also assume she is an immature, spoiled, ungrateful 22-year-old without a clue.
Let us start with the very first sentence. “Like most female journalists, I assume, I only grew up with two real inspirations in my life: Carrie Bradshaw and Harriet the Spy.”
Are you kidding me? Now I love Sex and the City as much as the next girl. And I would kill for Carrie’s closet but never in my life was she my journalism role model. How about Barbara Walters, Christiane Amanpour, Oprah Winfrey, Cokie Roberts and I could go on and on. If you want a fictional character, Rory Gilmore would be better than Harriet the Spy. I want to go to Yale, be the editor of my college paper and then be able to go work on a presidential campaign.
Oh wait, I already went to a great school, was the (sports) editor of my college paper and got my equivalent of the dream job.
That’s right Ms. Cotter. At 22-years-old I was hired by a Division I University as a Sports Information intern. I got that job through my former co-op boss. Within the first year I was promoted to a full-time position. Three years later I still work here, I can pay all my bills and I don’t have to eat ramen noodles every night. You’re right, my life is terrible. (sarcasm translates on the internet right?)
Here is the difference. I am not bored. Not one single day. So I think maybe Ms. Cotter needs to re-examine how she defines dream job. She also needs to understand that she is so totally wrong when she thinks that taking a job at 22 has to define her entire life.
“Is the quarter-life crisis just not having a full-time job and living with your parents, or is it realizing that you have to choose some irreversible path for your life?”
There is nothing irreversible about what you have chosen. You don’t like it? Fine, quit, go back to grad school, find another job, start a company, write the great American novel. Just understand that what you do now isn’t what you HAVE to do for the rest of your life. And understand I know a lot of people who would love a full-time job and not having to live with their parents. So please, quit and let them take your spot.
I am incredibly proud of my Northeastern degree. I am incredibly proud that it landed me the perfect first job and I got that job one week after I graduated college.
I am incredibly proud of some of my best friends from NU who have gone on to do equally amazing things including working as a reporter for the Albuquerque Journal, a social media coordinator for New Media Strategies in LA and a Digital Marketing Manager for New Generation Energy in Boston. This doesn’t include the ones who are working as professional broadcasters in hockey and baseball. Or my current boss who also has a Northeastern Journalism degree.
They all used their degree to land great jobs as 20-somethings and then made a life too. They have amazing friends and social lives and interests outside their 9-5 jobs. Some are even engaged to other Northeastern journalism grads.
They are all grateful to have had jobs out of college. And have all had other struggles. So don’t worry yours will come too. If bored at 22 is the worst thing that ever happens to you then consider yourself the luckiest person on planet earth.
Gawker’s response is perfect and snarky. “you can still look forward to the character-building experience of having something you wrote widely ridiculed on the internet”
Edited to add: One of my awesome NU friends sent me this gem. “There’s a famous quote from SATC — “You’re 22. What do you know about life?”“
Yup, that pretty much sums it up.