Three College Degrees and I’m a Barista

Is this a quarter-life crisis?

Illustration by the author

Up until two years ago, I lived my life following an impeccable plan on how to succeed in society. My parents are experts at getting the “right” degrees and choosing the “right” companies to climb the corporate career ladder, so they taught me the ropes. I followed the steps to a T and each new step came with a big chunk of approval that kept me…