I have been reading http://wearethe99percent.tumblr.com and I do support the movement. I do. I understand where they are coming from and I worry about the future of my country as well as my life, too.
This is why I work hard so I will -not- become the %99.
All my life I have been poked fun of for working hard. In middle school it was always appearing as a know-it-all. My father taught me that there should be no reason to answer with “I don’t know”. I didn’t care, I wanted to make something of myself.
In high school, it was learning about myself and overcoming my language disability, truly finding my passion, etc. Understanding that Graphic Design was what I want and was meant to do and trying to get into college. My grades were low because of my disability so finding a college that would accept me, was incredible.
I have had adobe photoshop open every day since age 11 (or whenever I got it). I consider myself to be better than most of the people in the department. Who -don’t- put their career before anything else. I -don’t- party every weekend. I don’t care about making and keeping friends (I do love meeting new people and love my friends that I have now) but people have created so much heart ache for me, more and more I have stopped caring. When I discovered that my college wasn’t giving me the fullest education possible, I went out and learned more about my field on my own.
In college, I am seen as an overachiever (probably) because all I care about is my career. In Graphic Design you work hard. You need to. You compete with everyone in your field. There are jobs and every job is competitive. You need to have personality, a unique style and willingness to succeed in this field. If it appears that all you do is party and put your career last, you will -not- get hired. I have seen it and continue to see it.
I am sick and tired of people not caring about their future. About their lives. You will look back and realize how much time you wasted at college when you could have spent it putting it into your career.
I have not a had a consistent paying job since summer of 2009, only a couple of freelancing jobs here and there.
The American Dream is dead. You work hard and go big in your field of choice. Small companies can’t afford part time employees, they’re looking for cheap work. It is the larger companies that can, and they’re looking for the best of the best.
Some of the notes on http://wearethe99percent.tumblr.com I don’t see as being part of the %99 but the ones who have medical bills and college bills I see.