How seriously do we take our responsibilities and our lot in life? There is a striking difference in the reality of someone who can rely on parents or other family members to carry them until a certain age and the reality of someone who must fend for him- or herself.
One of the biggest obstacles a young adult can encounter when trying to establish an adult lifestyle is a sense of entitlement.
Some college students were raised in an environment where everything they needed and much more was given to them, starting at a young age.
For example, many teenagers are given a car at 16 years old simply because they received their driver’s license. Others do not have this luxury and must work and save money if they want their own vehicle.
But this discrepancy certainly does not end after high school. Some students expect their parents to pay for their college tuition and other expenses, as if they are owed something. It is ironic how this group of people might want to be treated as adults, yet have none of the responsibilities of an adult.
This sense of entitlement makes it much more difficult for these young people to adjust to life after college when the search for a career begins. Because everything was handed to them until this point, they do not understand that they must earn a respectable position.
Instead of complaining about how unfair parents can be, some students need to learn how to take responsibility for themselves at a younger age. Imagine how many students would not be in college if their parents did not take care of the costs.
Although it is admirable that parents want their children to have a solid educational background, students that do not work to stay in school may find it easier to slack off. Because they are not spending their own money, these students can fail classes without worrying about incurring more debt if they do not graduate on time.
Not every student that receives help paying for school takes it for granted, but learning the reality of adulthood (having to perform well in a career while paying the bills) is postponed for students who are not at least partially responsible for finding ways to fund their education.
Attitude and mindset go a long way when it comes to appreciating your place in life. While some students might focus on the fact that their parents did not buy them the car they wanted, others are worrying about saving enough money to pay for tuition next semester.
Before complaining about not getting what you want, think about your possible sense of entitlement and what you have done to earn or deserve what you think you should have. Establishing a work ethic and a sense of responsibility should always come before blaming others for your situation.