You’ve probably heard the statistics and perceptions: The world-wide student loan debt has risen sharply with Americans owing over $1.48 trillion in student loan debt, 41% of millennials haven’t started saving for retirement and we earn 20% less on average compared to Baby Boomers when they were the same age, millennials are moving in with their parents instead of buying or renting their own homes or apartments, millennials spend too much time in front of a screen, and the list goes on.
As millennials, most of us are free spirits and like to do things our way, instead of the old traditional ways of thinking. But it is important to learn from the mistakes and success of those who came before us. While some of the research behind some of the aforementioned statistics may require some research of their own, they do highlight some very important situations that we are facing. SoYouGraduated delves deeper into some of the obstacles and procedures that may encountered while trying to figure it out.
You will not find any get rich quick plan, cheat codes to everlasting happiness, or a potion to make the person of your dreams fall in love with you. SoYouGraduated is for anyone who want to find tools and strategies to guide their journey of health and fitness. Anyone looking for ideas to improve or maintain their relationship with money. And anyone looking for direction with establishing the lifestyle that fits them.
My name is Fritz Jeanty and SoYouGraduated is my Gift to the World. The idea behind SoYouGraduated began when my younger siblings began asking me questions about college. At the end of most of my answers I usually found myself saying “If only I knew then what I know now” I fantasized about what it would be like to have my current-self walking my slightly younger-self through life. LIGHT BULB! I can’t walk my younger self through life. But I can guide my siblings, friends, and anyone else who may need the guidance through and post college.
During my senior year in high school, I had no plans of going to college, even though I had gotten into all but one university that I was applied to. I had it all laid out. All I had to do was choose one of the countless problems this world was facing and find a solution. To make a long story shorter, I had an easy time finding the problems. It was the solutions that seem to escape my teenage mind at the time. But I was stubborn and determined. It took my brother, Cain, telling me about his regrets of not going to college. Even though he’s doing very well for himself, he told me to learn from his mistakes and success. And so, this became the philosophy which I live by.
Today, I am a college graduate with a bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering and a career in software Engineering. I am a full-fledged code writing, cartoon loving, meme appreciating geek. I spend a lot of my free time reading and learning. Whether it’s a financial literacy book, a journal on a new workout regime with a corresponding eating regime, or an online class about ethical hacking, I like the idea of learning and sharing the information.
I have to shout out my girlfriend, Mandy, for keeping me current and cool. She’s supported me since those sleepless nights at the engineering campus. Mandy is a Wiz in the culinary department. So, if you find a post about culinary etiquette to be valuable, Mandy is responsible.
Terry Pratchett said, “There isn’t a way things should be. There’s just what happens, and what we do.” The only reason I mention this is because… I just think that’s a pretty cool quote. So You Graduated is my gift to you and I sincerely hope it adds value to your life.