- Jan 2019
“adulting” do often come off as privileged astonishment at the realities of, well, life
My friends and I have been using the expression "adulting" for years, and in my experience we usually use it tongue in cheek. Its typically used in recognition that we are privileged to be going through certain challenges for the first time.
I remember telling my then girlfriend (now wife) "adulting is hard" in response to her asking how my first day of my first full-time job went after college went. I wasn't expressing that I didn't want to continue working, simply that I was tired after a long day.
I realize that this might just be my social circle but I think expressions like this are often taken more seriously than they should.
“But what’ll I tell my parents?”
I see this sentiment so often both as someone who used to teach in a high school, and someone who works in higher ed now.
During their undergrad students are encouraged to both "explore and figure things out" and "major in something that will get you a job" by different groups of people. They hear these two conflicting messages at the same time. For many students these two sentiments reflect two entirely different college experiences.