Let's be honest... how many 2009 graduates actually jumped right into a full-time position? I have quite a few friends who did, and I'm so proud and happy for them. But of all my friends who just graduated, a ridiculous number of them are living at home or going to grad school. These are the options if you can't find a job: either live with your parents (I couldn't do it), incur even more debt at grad school (hellooo, why do you think we're in this mess?), or throw yourself into the real world and try to make it.
I fit into that last category. Maybe it wasn't the smartest financial decision to move to the most expensive city in the world right after graduation, but what can I say... I'm an optimist. And I'm determined. I know I'll make it and one day look back on my poor college graduate days and laugh.
For now, I'm enjoying being a poor college graduate. I'm okay with having a budget, I think it's a right of passage. I'm 21 years old, I don't need a huge apartment with a doorman on Park Avenue. I don't need to go out for nice meals every night and go shopping on 5th Avenue. I happen to love my tiny studio apartment that's still barely furnished, buying groceries from Trader Joe's and looking for sample sales to buy clothes.