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Satisfaction Deferred – Our Korean Parents and the Pettiness of our Modern Complaining (By Paul Lee)
(By Paul Lee) It is the summer time. Â The weather is the warmer, sleeves and skirts the shorter, and offices increasingly the unbearable. Â For me, office days are limited as I will be relinquishing the cubicle for the library to begin my candidacy for a juris doctorate at Brooklyn Law School this August. Â The reality hasn’t quite hit me yet, but I’m trying my best to have fun, relax, reflect on how I got here, and conceptualize where I’d like to be in a few years.
For starters, I really thought I was going to be in law school a bit earlier. I thought I’d enroll at a higher ranked school. Â I didn’t think I’d have a string of various entry level jobs littering my resume at 26. Â I didn’t think the only real marketable skills I would have four years out of college would be masterful fluency in elementary, conversational Korean and being marginally proficient in Microsoft Office. Â For undergrad, I thought I’d be at Columbia, not NYU. Â I thought I’d have a 3.8, not a 3.2. Â I thought a lot of things and projected the future version of myself to be much more elevated than where I am today. Â Sad.
If any solace is to be found in my continuing level of mediocrity through my mid-20s, it is that many of my 20-something peers have been following somewhat of a similar path. Â Robin Henig of the NYTimes wrote an article in August 2010 whose title depicted our generation pretty well,Â “What Is It About 20-Somethings?” Henig characterizes the reason for such an article to be written inÂ multitudinous fashion including this idea from Jeff Arnett, a psychology professor, who believes that: