Monday, 26 November 2012

Studying fulltime vs Working fulltime

I'm gonna be a little bitter at society again. Cause it bothers me when people tell us students that we don't work hard and that we don't know what it is to work. It makes me angry. Working seems like freetime heaven compared to studying fulltime.

First of all you have your alloted vacation days. And if I've understood everything correctly then you can decide to use one whenever you like, right? Okay, technically we have no guaranteed vacation days. At university vacation is something you earn. If you pass all your exams then you get your vacation (Christmas and summer), if you fail then you'll spend the entire "vacation" studying for the resit. We only have time off on bank holidays during Easter, and once again only if you have nothing to study. And during summer, well, we don't have time off at all since we need to work if we want to stay alive and not get evicted. So those precious summer vacation days you have? They're scarce for us. 

Second of all you get the money you deserve, you have your alloted salary. And if I'm not mistaken it's considered to be quite on the low side if it's below 20,000 SEK per month (~€2000). Wow, when I get 11,000 SEK in January I feel rich. Does that tell you anything about how much money students have? Usually I get about 8,900 SEK per month. Half of that is rent, then there's electricity, mobile, internet and food, whatever is left should be saved up in case of emergency or wanting to have some fun at some point in your life. Oh, and some of that has to be put into a monthly commuters' card too, since the cheaper flats are out of town and not many can afford to have their own car or even learn how to drive. Actually it's considered to be below the minimum for existence, but I've yet to meet someone who actually thinks students deserve more money (who's not a student themselves). And I don't even "get" all of that. 2,500 SEK is what I recieve monthly, the rest is borrowed money and they will start demanding the money back as soon as I get a job. 

Third of all, usually when you leave work to go home that's it for the day. And when you leave work on Friday evening that's it for the week. That's usually not the case for students. You get up, go to classes, go home, and then spend hours studying. I usually try to give myself the day off on Saturdays and only work on half of Friday. But Sunday is a working day as well as every other day of the week. Free weekends? What's that?

So you have your alloted vacation days, you have loads of money in comparison and you get the weekends off. You still think we don't know what it is to work hard, do you? Then take a look at the statistics and realise how many young people of today are falling into poor mental and physical health due to stress, anxiety and insanely unrealistic demands. It's not cause we're "young and everyone goes through a tough patch in their youth". It starts in high school and continues for ages. It doesn't end when puberty does. It's because of the world you've created for us. Demands to be the best at everything or the employers won't even look twice at you, the stress of making ends meet economically with means too small, the anxiety you get from not being able to do what you want to.

Then people have the audacity to blame us when they realise that the youth unemployment rate is skyhigh. Well, no wonder. We've heard our entire lifetimes that we can do whatever we want and be whatever we want. We spend our entire lives devoted to making that happen, study to get that job we want to do for the rest of our lives, getting the experience, meeting the demands... And when we have all that, when we're done studying, we go out into the real world and realise that no, that job isn't in demand anymore. You can't do what you want to do, what you've been told your entire life that you can do. That realisation is extremely painful. But none of us wants to be the cashier at the supermarket, or work at McDonald's, or be a telephone salesperson. So we rather just stay at home if we can, but in return we get bashed for not doing anything worthwhile. Gee, thanks, guys. 

So, we're not being ungrateful, but you're being a friggin pain in the ass. You've created this messed up system. If we don't fit, is it your system or us that you should fix?
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