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(no subject) [Apr. 25th, 2005|08:09 pm]
Quarter-Life Crisis

Hi everyone. I'm actually writing an article on the phenomenon of the quarterlife crisis as it applies to NYU graduates. The angle of the article is supposed to be of people who have been through their crisis and have advice for the class of 2005, but I would like to hear from you even if you haven't figured it all out yet. If any of you went to NYU and would be willing to talk to me about your experience, please comment back, or send me an email at jgn211@nyu.edu. This is for my class, and not for publication, if you are worried about that. Thanks!
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what am i doing... [Mar. 29th, 2005|12:43 pm]
Quarter-Life Crisis

[mood |gloomygloomy]

...with my life/right this minute/tomorrow morning. this momentary bit of self-centered, child of the 80s quarter life crisis brought to you by having a too-long easter break from school. they are going to find me passed out in my room, mouth crammed full of chocolate-covered gummi bears, a half-gone bottle of cheapo pinot grigrio nearby, and me waking up at random intervals to mutter, "and graduate school seemed like such a good idea" and/or "i should've just joined the peace corps." there'd be talking heads playing in the background too, but seeing as how i have neither a large automobile or a beautiful house, it doesn't seem as relevant.
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(no subject) [Mar. 14th, 2005|10:11 pm]
Quarter-Life Crisis

[mood |freaked out]
[music |frou frou - holding out for a hero]

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Hi all [Mar. 13th, 2005|01:14 am]
Quarter-Life Crisis

[mood |confusedconfused]
[music |"Why Georgia" - John Mayer]

Hi, I just joined this community when I finally was able to put a name to what the hell's going on with me.

Quick intro, I'm 24, graduated from college in May 2004 with a B.S. in biology and philosophy. Until my very last year of college, I was certain that I wanted to be a doctor until the summer before my last year when I realized that the idea of another ten years of school made me want to gag. (Never mind that I'd delayed taking the MCAT like six times and always came up with a convenient excuse). I always wanted to write/do something with writing but of course, that's one of those lovely fields where unless you're in the exact right place at the right time you're not going to be able to support yourself on. So I started looking for jobs in science hard core for months - finally in July I landed a really shitty temp job at a place that was an hour commute from my mother's. (Oh yes, I was one of the fortunate ones who had to move home after college even though I swore I never would). My temp job was... well, "god awful hell on earth" doesn't describe it strong enough I think, but I spent the majority of my time there looking for another job ANYWHERE else. In late November I finally landed a permanent job with a pharm company out in New Jersey and they'd even pay for me to relocate. I thought it would solve anything. Fast forward to today where while I love my job it stresses me out, I have no idea where I'm going when I drive anywhere, I know no one out here and everyone at work looks at me like I'm a dumb kid.

Add to all of that that I'm now getting the "you should really look into settling down" talks from everyone in my family. Oh, did I mention that I'll be *gasp* 25 this May and that for some reason freaks me out so much that I started lying about my age in the past year saying that I'm 22 instead of 24? I just have this constant feeling that something's missing and I can't even put my finger on it.
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I live the life of an old woman! [Feb. 27th, 2005|07:43 pm]
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[mood |anxiousanxious]
[music |Frau Frau]

I'm new to LJ but this is exactly the place I need to be. I will be 29 in March and I have no life! It's all on my journal, I just don't know how to get that posted over to here. Like I said, only been on LJ for a couple of days. Help!
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This is terrible... [Feb. 8th, 2005|01:28 pm]
Quarter-Life Crisis
...but true. This is the way I've felt for a long time, and I think I need to stop. I've been viewing my life like a video game, with levels to be mastered and moved beyond. So I've conquered the education level of my life (until I go to grad. school, but I have a few more years before starting that challenge) and am working on the first few years with a real job level of my life. Objectives include: gaining control of my finances, becoming a responsible drinker, developing a healthy diet/exercise plan that I can live with for the rest of my life, figuring out WHAT TO DO with myself during my free time, building an impressive resume/portfolio, finding a good partner to move on to the NEXT LEVEL (marriage) with... This is f-ed up, right? I should be enjoying this time that I am single, living by myself in a nice apartment with a nice car and a gym membership and no one to tell me what to do or any dirty diapers to clean up... this might be like when I longed to be out of college, with no more studying to do, classes to take... but now what do I do? Miss those good ol' days of drinking on Tuesday nights. I need to chill out, and as drphungus says, enjoy the small things. This is life, and I'm enjoying my last few months of being 24. I will have plenty of time to argue with a husband about how much I spent on groceries/why I didn't do the dishes, function on no sleep because of a teething baby. I need to CHILL OUT. Phew. Okay. Now to grade papers/deal with psycho girls/help shower a handicapped 16 year old boy/run 5 miles/block act 1 of DoAF/type cover letters for 3 more DM schools. What is wrong with me? I'm hyperventilating!
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(no subject) [Feb. 4th, 2005|06:38 pm]
Quarter-Life Crisis

[mood |depresseddepressed]

Hi. I'm new and I'm so glad I found this community. I've been having bad thoughts about my life for a while, but today was worst than usual.

I'm 28, almost 29. Being 28 wouldn't be so bad if I was actually living a 28-year-old life. But I'm not. I live with 2 girls who are a few years younger than me. I share a room with one of them (I'm 28 years-old and I'm sharing a room damn it!) and her younger sister is getting married soon.

I think I'm the oldest at my job. It's a low paid student job. I have a B.A. in teaching English as a second language, and I could easily make 150$ a day by being a substitute teacher, but instead, I went back to school to study Translation. I keep saying everyone that I didn't like teaching... but in fact, I think I just didn't like working. I'm very afraid that when it'll be time to work in translation, I'll find something else to do just so I don't have to work. Or maybe I'm freaking out for nothing. Maybe I'll actually really like being a translator. I mean, I've like it so far for the few little contracts I've done.

Everybody around me is either getting married or getting babies or getting great jobs. And younger people. I don't know why, but I've always been surrounded by younger people. It's probably because I actually look 20. :/
I keep thinking that I'll be 30 soon and I won't have done any interesting stuff. (well, I've done some great stuff, but you know how it is, when you depress, you don't think about those things...) I've always said that I love travelling and that I wanted to see the world. So far, the only few times I've left the country were with my parents, so it was a long time ago. AHHHHH!!!! Time is flying and I'm not doing anything!!! I keep thinking that!

I wish I was 22 so that at least my life would match with my age.

That was my quarter life crisis rant. Thanks for listening to me.
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Time Magazine: Twixters [Jan. 25th, 2005|09:37 am]
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[mood |sleepysleepy]
[music |"Come...into my dreams" - Foggy]

Grow Up? Not So Fast

Meet the twixters. They're not kids anymore, but they're not adults either. why a new breed of young people won't—or can't?—settle down

Michele, Ellen, Nathan, Corinne, Marcus and Jennie are friends. All of them live in Chicago. They go out three nights a week, sometimes more. Each of them has had several jobs since college; Ellen is on her 17th, counting internships, since 1996. They don't own homes.

They change apartments frequently. None of them are married, none have children. All of them are from 24 to 28 years old.

Thirty years ago, people like Michele, Ellen, Nathan, Corinne, Marcus and Jennie didn't exist, statistically speaking. Back then, the median age for an American woman to get married was 21. She had her first child at 22. Now it all takes longer. It's 25 for the wedding and 25 for baby. It appears to take young people longer to graduate from college, settle into careers and buy their first homes. What are they waiting for? Who are these permanent adolescents, these twentysomething Peter Pans? And why can't they grow up?

Read the rest of the article
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(no subject) [Jan. 11th, 2005|12:24 pm]
Quarter-Life Crisis

Well here is my introduction.
I graduated from college in 2002 with a BA in psychology and sociology. I was going to go to graduate school but I was scared so I decided to wait. In reality, I probably should have just done it because now I wouldn't be whining about my pathetic life at work. I am taking some classes at the place I work (which is a small university) and the classes are in Computer Science. The truth is that I have no clue what I want to do. I look at people who have been here for 20-30 years and I think how can you be happy with just sitting in front of a desk all day? I don't know if I can do this for my whole life, or even a few more years. I feel like the days are wasting away while I sit here in this little office.
I would love to go back to school, get a graduate degree full time. The problem is I don't know what I want to do. Every thing I think of seems like it could be interesting, then I think of the downsides. I like making money but I really like doing things that are varied every day. On the other hand, I'm scared of the non-routine and when I don't have a job I am miserable. So basically I am stuck. I have no idea what to do next. Should I keep taking these Computer Science classes? They are okay but I feel like I will never fit in the CS major because I'm not constantly rattling off specs of different computers like everyone else seems to do. I have no interest in that. I just like programming and math. And I think I do like research. I just don't want to work on the data side of it.
Any ideas... I am so bored with this I could scream.
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