Let’s be candid.
20s to be started as a runner-up graduation speech, evolved into conversations about the college-adulthood transition, before giving voice to a new generation of 20-somethings.
It’s fitting that we’re launching our first issue in the fall, the season of transitions. Going back to school? Starting a new gig? Busting out your new wardrobe? Whatever it is, we’re here for you.
Hediya, Jojo, Julia, and Tina ✨
“Sometimes I wonder, ‘Oh crap, am I doing the right thing?‘ I decided when I graduated that I wanted to build a start-up. I know a lot of people who have dope jobs but hate it, and that was a huge influence — I didn’t want to end up unhappy about work. But everything up until my launch date was pretty bad. A lot of the advice I was given about entrepreneurship was out of date. I didn’t know what I was doing. But you’re running experiments, right? Not everything will work. When people tell me to keep it up and they really like my projects, that reassures me to keep on going.”
Vidy, on building his own path, overcoming roadblocks and following his dreams.
“I started going to The Strand alone when he broke up with me. He had controlled every aspect of my life before that and I had no idea what to do with myself. The bookstore became my refuge because it can be swarming with people, yet I can still find a quiet corner to absorb my surroundings. I was in the poetry section once when something fell out of one of the books I was reading. There was a poem inside, dated June 1963. It was signed, “with lots of love, Jim and Mary.” I took the note home with me and I have it to this day. That’s when I remembered I’m not alone.”
Admera, on finding clarity in the most unlikely of places.
“When I graduated, I saw I had $19K in student debt and burst into tears. But that feeling lit a fire in me. I had four rules: budget out of your salary to pay off interest, think long term, forget immediate pleasures, and check Reddit’s /r/personal finance to stay motivated. I moved back in with my parents, I wasn’t getting myself into credit card debt, I was putting most of my income into student loan payments. I increased payment into my 401K when I realized my employer matches — out of sight, out of mind. When I finally paid it all off two years after graduation, I felt drained — and elated.”
Beebo*, on paying off her student loans two years after graduating.
- It’s hard to survive in NYC with an entry level salary, but you can still have fun with some simple budgeting tricks.
- Getting by is all about the hacks. These are our favorite subreddits for whipping our lives (back) in order.
- It’s not always easy to get out of bed and go to work everyday. Lily Singh’s video, My Secret to Success, hit home. Her secret to breaking out of the mundane 9-5 routine? Get out of your comfort zone!
It’s hard to find a quiet place in the city to just relax and get away. Hediya found her sanctuary at Elizabeth Street Garden, a peaceful community garden tucked away near Little Italy, where she’ll plug into her favorite podcast or just people watch.
For this round, we asked ourselves: “What was your craziest apartment hunt in NYC?”
Our favorite, and most relatable response, was from Julia, who said,
A broker once called a five-story walk-up 25 minutes from a subway a free gym membership.
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