We have heard a lot over the past few months about those lazy Bernie Sanders supporting millennial who just want free education. You know, the freeloaders who do not want to work hard for anything. Well I want to come clean. I am going to come out and say it: I am a lazy, freeloading Bernie Sanders supporter.
I am working towards a degree in astrophysics and spend nearly every hour of the day doing homework, working on assignments, and studying for tests. But astrophysics is a super easy degree, so that is why I am lazy.
To pay for my school and my food I work two jobs, one as a tutoring on campus where I do the most tutoring appointments out of any of my coworkers and usually end up spending 10-12 hours on campus between work and classes.
I also write freelance at Listverse. To pay for things, I have made it a goal to write two articles a week, each one between 3,000-5,000 words. I enjoy it, but I am writing two extra essays every week on top of my normal work load. But I recognize that is really lazy, so I know that I am just a Bernie Sanders freeloader.
All of that adds up to about 30-40 hours a week to keep myself financially secure, which makes me incredibly, disgustingly lazy.
My girlfriend is wonderful, and I love to be around her. During the week that normally does not happen from all the work that I put in. I guess that makes me really lazy about my relationship right?
When it comes to money I try to be frugal. I rarely eat out, maybe once a semester or so, and mainly eat rice and spaghetti on repeat, because I make awesome fried rice and its cheap. That is why I am one of those disgusting welfare junkies that you hear about.
I don’t own a car, smart phone, newest electronic device, nicest apartment on campus, or a credit card. I am definitely a free loader.
My parents are great and have helped me out a little with college, but all of my tuition came out of my pocket, which meant that during the summer I worked an exhausting summer camp job for barely minimum wage with a work schedule of 14-16 hours a day. Please don’t make fun of me because of my laziness.
So that is me, just a lazy, freeloading Bernie Sanders supporter. But you know what, I recognize that I come from a place of privilege. I was born in a middle class American family which in the grand scheme of things makes me one of the luckiest people in the world and in the country. I go to a school where my education is dirt cheap just because I believe in the right religion. If Sanders gets elected his free tuition plan does not even affect me because I don’t go to a state college.
But you know what, I recognize that other people do not have the same privileges that I do and I believe that our tax money should go to them. If the mere fact that I want to vote for Bernie Sanders makes me a dirty freeloader then I take that badge and wear it with pride. Because I’d rather you call me that than ignore the people in need.
Is my situation unique or even unusual? No, there are plenty of other college students out in the country who feel the same way and work even harder than I do. I did not want this to be a humble brag. Heck, I understand that lots of my fellow college students do not agree with me, which is perfectly fine.
However, the next time you see those millennial protests and make your knee-jerk reactions on Facebook, I hope that I have put a face to us. Because we are sick of being told we are dirty, lazy, or worthless by Fox News and conservative pundits just because we want a little help. I am sick of being ostracized.