Moving away to college is a right of passage. As soon as your parents’ minivan drives away, you are officially in the big leagues. You’re officially an adult that gets to spend your adult money.
You move away from home and you’re like, “Freedom!”
You want to go out every night with your new college friends.
Food, drinks, clothes- you buy it all.
Because hey, your financial aid check just came and you just got paid.
But then school starts and reality hits.
You have to buy textbooks.
You have to do laundry.
You have to pay for parking tickets.
Your teacher asks you to purchase an expensive graphic calculator that you’ll only end up using once.
You need a hundred coffees a day to stay awake in class.
Also there are these things called bills that you now have to pay.
So now it’s only the first week of September and you’re broke. Bummer.
You vow to never spend money so thoughtlessly again.
So you get a job to earn money.
All you do now is work, go to school.
But now you can pay for your extravagant lifestyle!
Too bad you’re exhausted, so you press pause on your social life.
You eventually graduate from college with some money, but now you have to pay off loans.
And that’s what being an adult is all about: spending money on things we wish we didn’t have to.