47 thoughts on “January 4, 2017

  1. Alas something that my parents will never understand since they have never worked retail in their life.

    As soon as January first hit I was dropped down to one day a week. (Granted I did ask for a reduction in hours since I will be going back to school on the 14th.) I told my work I could work M,F,Sa (My work is closed on Sundays) from 9-5 which adds up to 24 hours if I got 8 hours every day. Not great, but enough to get me through since I’m in college. For this week I got Sa 11-5. My parents reaction when I let them know was ” Maybe you should find a second job”.

    So you want me to have a full time job and go to school full time? When exactly would I have time to study then? in between customers? Not on corporate’s watch. During class when my teacher is providing information on what I need to know? Only if I want to literally piss away the money I used to get to school.

    I wish my parent’s generation would understand that schooling has changed to where it is a full time job all on its own. But that is wishful thinking because they probably will never understand and think that my generation are as my mother puts it “a bunch of whiny cry babies who will break the country”. (Which I really want to point out she hasn’t worked since the 80’s but that would be apparently rude.)

    • I hear ya. I’m probably your parents’ age (or older) and I had the same problem as you. My grades in college were mediocre while I was working even part time. In my last year of college at UT Austin I was able to go to school without worrying about working. My grades shot up to a 3.5 gpa for that year.

    • If you work 24 hours you don’t have a full time job.

      My wife worked a full time job overnight and still managed a full time school schedule for over two years finishing up her degree. STFU.

        • I didn’t say for a year, either, crybaby. For two years she worked five days a week between 9 and 12 hours a night while going to school full time.

          All the while placing second in her graduating class. It’s possible. Suck it up. Work hard and get rewarded.

      • Because EVERYONE is just like her. Nobody has any health problems that require adequate rest, everyone has internet access, nobody spends 3+ hours a day on buses to get to and from work.

        • “Cry cry cry, why I can’t, cry cry cry, more why i can’t, cry cry cry, someone else do it for me, cry cry cry, not my fault.”

          Go back to tumblr.

      • Ah yes, the ever so useful ‘you aren’t allowed to complain about your bad situation as long as there are people worse off, specifically me’ school of thought. The people in power just love that kid of attitude because it means the tired, the poor, the huddled masses, silence, censure and gag each other instead of finding a common cause and creating a ruckus loud enough to hear and change things.

          • Ah yes, the good old ‘I don’t have a good argument so I will just insult their intelligence and education’ response. Always a nice fallback.

          • It certainly isn’t yours. Compassion isn’t either. Or *civil* discourse.

            Everyone is different and you don’t know the details of the OP’s situation. Maybe his degree was in a harder discipline than your wife’s. Or perhaps she’s just a superwoman. It doesn’t matter. Your intolerance shows in your name. Which makes your opinion trivial.

    • It’s true, your generation is whiny cry babies. I worked two part time jobs, one in retail and one as a pizza delivery drive and went to school full time and pulled in a
      3.8 GPA. I see so many kids who go to school and it’s a social experiment for them. Go to class, study, work and repeat. Don’t worry about partying. I will give you this in your defense. Too many professors these days give group projects which does hamper ones ability to work some hours. However that too can be overcome.

      • I don’t party, I schedule exactly 6 hours a week for social interaction. You forget that most colleges and universities are pushing their professors to give their students work outside the classroom equal to 1.5 times their credit hours. I had a class once that required and expected me to read 37 books. I have classes that require 25+ page research or explanation of knowledge papers each semester, meaning I have basically 4-5 25 to 75 page papers due each semester after regular class work. Plus I have my practicums and the like plus I have to do expected future stuff like join professional organizations.

        Yeah I am totally being a whiney baby when I say it’s difficult for me to find a job that I can work while in school.

        • Not only that, some majors’ work involve way more than studying, homework, and the occasional research paper. They may involve hours upon hours of time spent outside the classroom. And when you’re mentally fried and stressed out about your hours, even if you technically have the hours to spare to do your work, it’s totally possible to spend those hours in the lab accomplishing very little to show for it.

          Don’t forget there’s not just the workload, but actually using what the school is able to offer you: workshops, industry events, visiting professionals, facilities, etc. This is a good chunk of what you’re paying for, what you may wind up getting more out of in the long run than just your classes, and what it’s far too easy to miss out on, especially when you can’t plan more than a week into the future. I resent the assumption that partying is the only explanation for anything going wrong.

          Between the demands of school, the mental drain from customer service-type work, and anxiety of going from too many to too few hours and worrying about how you’ll be able to feed yourself as you do all this, is it really such a “special snowflake” thing to crack?

          The ability to excel at school and hold down jobs should be recognized as the outstanding achievement it is and not be held up as a bare minimum of performance.

          • It IS the bare minimum of performance. When you get to the real world, no one gives a shit about your “me time”.

      • ‘Whiny cry babies’. Bullshit. My dad had only a high school diploma, worked as assistant manager of a Walgreens full time, and was able to provide for himself, my mom, my brother, and I quite well.

        Fast forward to 2016. Two jobs, sometimes three, are the norm for a family of four. College tuition is completely out of sight, and more and more jobs won’t even talk to anyone unless they have four years of college. It used to be college was pretty much a guarantee of a good job; not any more. How many college degrees are tending the deep fryers at McDonalds? How many college graduates are working 2nd and even third jobs to try to pay off the crippling debt of the college education? How many jobs have been exported to other countries? Oh, and let’s not forget the shambles of our economy thanks to greedy corporate thugs? If you want to compare this generation with previous generations, at least have the decency to compare their native environments.

        • Thanks to liberal, democrat ideals for pushing jobs to unacceptable expenditures, along with a vast work force willing to work for less (though cry about it), and the appeal of being able to work out of the country…then yes, i can believe it.

          YOUR greed is pushing jobs out of the US. Not the ones looking to stay afloat and make money.

          • “greed”- now defined as wanting to be able to afford to both pay the bills and buy food without literally just working and sleeping.

    • Problem is that your parents could pay for school and bills on a part time job, but don’t understand that you do not have that same luxury

      • If my parents could have paid my school, I wouldn’t have had to work. I paid my own way. I know of very few people who didn’t pay for their own school.

        • Read Stefanina’s comment again. She said that the parents could pay for their OWN school and bills on a part time job but don’t understand that their children don’t have that luxury.

    • I graduated high school in 2006 (millennial) and went straight into college. Throughout my entire college career I worked 40+ hours a week at either a full time retail job or two part time retail jobs. I helped open 3 different stores in that time and worked more than 80 hours during holidays/ breaks. All while taking 5-6 classes a semester.

      Graduated with two bachelors degrees and a 3.6 GPA in 2013.

      With the emergence of the internet and computers college is wildly easier than it was during our parents generation. It’s basically an extension of high school at this point.

      So suck it up, buttercup, you’re been an entitled cry baby. And if you find school that difficult it might not be for you.

      • Oh my god would all these entitled ‘I’m better than u’ stfu already? Now everyone is a genius who can work a 40 hrs a week, do charity, work 120 hrs in the week-end and still be able to attend classes and land top grades (also, where do you find the time to frequent classes if you work so much, are you using a Timeturner or something? lol). I’m studying and do a part time job, and can study easily, but I assure you that when I worked 40 hrs a week and had some hrs in the week ends for another job it was really difficult to keep going at university without remaining behind with exams. So what about these special snowflakes stop demeaning people and actually understand not everyone is either Einstein or Hermione?

      • Not everyone can work 40+ hours and study 80+ hours a week and be able to maintain a 3.5 or better GPA.

        Some people do have issues learning, which I do. I went to college for four years to study IT Security and computers. The first year was relatively easy studying 40 hours and working 40 hours. after that it became harder for me to maintain a 2.8 GPA working full time and going to school full time, so I cut back, eventually leaving the workforce for two years to focus solely on school. Not to mention, I am a full time author, so between work, school and writing, I had to make a choice of dropping one and I chose to quit working.

      • @Casey
        Wow that is a pathetic GPA. I’m currently at a 4.0 going into a masters for cyber security.

        Also I really doubt that you did everything you say you did.

      • Seven years to get two undergraduate degrees? Not all that impressive, since many classes probably applied to both. Some people have a minor and get it all done in four years.

        And why two? Why not follow up the first with a Master’s? Many people will get say an engineering degree and then an MBA. Very useful for advancement.

        I notice you don’t say what those degrees were. Makes a big difference. Did you pay on your own or did you have help? The point being that you left out pertinent information. So your intolerant post doesn’t add any value to the discussion.

      • I want to point out that you are incredibly proud it took you 7years to graduate, when even going for a dual major I bet your guidance councillor expected you to finish in 4.

        I worked full-time and nights getting my associates and it wound up taking 3 and half years. I’m getting close to completing my bachelor’s and I have 8 hours of classes and 5 hours of classwork 4 days a week with travel but not including things like actually eating or having a chance to pee. Then I have to do more homework and chores the next 3 days unless your saying college students should live in squalor and have clothing that stands on its own.

        I schedule exact specific social interactions so I don’t spend a whole week only talking to children under 10 and my more often than not overly perky classmates, and I only give myself 6 hours. 6 hours every 168 hours. And now have to schedule professional development around all that.

        Wonderful for you to be able to work full time (and wind up paying almost twice as much for your education) without having health issues, but some majors take more time and efforts than others and everyone is different.

        So get off your high horse and realize not everyone is you

  2. I don’t know where you go to school or what you are studying. However, about the job you need to be pro-active. Look for a new job. Heck, even develop one for yourself. That’s the problem with “your” generation: not enough pro-active thinking. Nothing is certain and nothing lasts forever. Be flexible; adapt or die. Don’t whine.

    • Yeah, cause inventing your own job is so easy and immediate, and it also pays your bills at the first try. I think personally I’m gonna go with ‘Consulting detective’, sounds lucrative.

    • “develop one yourself” Spoken like someone who has a safety net and wouldn’t end up homeless if they just tried to start their own business.

    • @callie

      Why on earth would I want to own my own business in this day and age? The market is basically crap for new business here in the US. You become financially ruined if you do attempt to open an business and fail. (We are no longer in the age of you can simply pick yourself back up and start again) If you somehow manage to succeed you will then be bought out by an oligopoly and if you say no get crushed by them. Furthermore, you have to kiss even more a$$ when you are a business owner ti customers, and you have to worry about everything to the point of having a heart attack and dying off by the time you are 65.

      So if you think it is because we aren’t proactive enough, it might be because us whiny millennials see the economy for what it really is instead of through rose tinted glasses that older generations have.

  3. It’s always like this in January and February. Remember when Stuart wanted to lay off Cooper because the store is so much slower after the Christmas season? Of course he’d want to get rid of Cooper no matter how busy the store is, but after Christmas is when a lot of people get laid off from retail jobs, it happened to me twice.

  4. It doesn’t help that filling, processed cheap food is cheaper than unprocessed meats and vegetables that take twice the time and effort to prepare. That belt might not be tightening but her health might take a dip…

    • Rice and beans. Buy the rice in bulk at an Asian store if you can. If you buy the legumes dry and soak and cook them yourself they are cheaper too than buying cans. If you aren’t embarrassed to haggle and have the opportunity to go to a farmer’s market, go there shortly before closing, see what’s left at the vegetable stand and offer them an amount of money you can afford for the whole lot that is left. Especially if the market is only once a week most will be glad to get rid of the left overs instead of throwing them away. Cut them up, give them a short boil and freeze it in baggies to be added to your rice/bean mix at your convenience. Splurge on different spices and herbs and make several different blends yourself. You can store them in mason jars in a dark cupboard or the fridge. This will keep you from going insane from the monotony. In many Asian stores the spices are cheaper too than in a normal store. Some herbs like basil, cilantro, dill, oregano, rosemary, sage and thyme you can grow on your windowsill. They don’t need much care.

  5. You whiny little snowflakes are the ones who will always work the bottom while the cream rises and gets to the top.

    You get what you deserve. Keep sucking at the bottom an complain about the scum.

    • Excuse me? I have worked two and three jobs at a time, adding up to 60 and 70 hours a week, just to make $25k a year before taxes. I went to college for a four year degree and it got me absolutely NOWHERE (and it was a science degree, to boot). I eventually went back to a technical school and got my CNA license – I can finally afford to have just one job at a time. I don’t whine, I work my ass off, every day, every job. I worked as a cashier – people said I was too smart and too good for it. I worked as a janitor – people said I was too smart and too good for it. I work as a CNA – guess what they say now?

      I don’t want special treatment, I just want the fact that I work so much that I see my child two nights a week to mean something.

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