8:00 a.m. — Alarm #1 goes off.
8:01 a.m. — Hit the snooze.
8:10 a.m. — Alarm #2 goes off.
8:11 a.m. — Hit the snooze again.
8:20 a.m. — Alarm #3 goes off. You swipe right and shut alarm off, then fall back asleep.
10:15 a.m. — You wake up and realize you overslept again, not that you really even have anything to wake up on time for.
10:17 a.m. — Still in bed, you check your phone. There are at least three Snapchat stories of your friends’ commutes into work, six new Instagram photos to look over, no new Facebook notifications, and an empty email box.
10:30 a.m. — You eat breakfast, the same breakfast you have had for weeks.
10:45 a.m. — Finally, you look over job postings and research potential job opportunities online. You subsequently send out eight new emails and resumes into a dark-hole job portal to promising leads.
11:30 a.m. — You go to the beach. You are surrounded by stay-at-home moms and their children, middle and high school cliques, and the occasional vacationer. It seems like everyone else who is your age is at work.
1:02 p.m. — You wake up sunburnt and confused. That 20-minute nap turned into an hour snooze.
1:30 p.m. — You leave the beach and go home to eat lunch because you really can’t afford to buy a meal.
2:00 p.m. — Checking the email inbox, you have one email from a job you applied for the previous week. “The position unfortunately has been filled,” it says. “Thank you for your consideration.” You curse yourself, your college degree, the shitty professors who told you that you would thrive and all your friends who have jobs.
3:00 p.m. — You go to the gym and kill an hour of the day. You try and work off some frustration.
3:25 p.m. — During a rest period you check your Snapchat. There are at least four stories showing office cubicles and gun-to-head emojis from your friends. You are actually jealous of them.
4:30 p.m. — You check your email again. Inbox: empty.
6:00 p.m. — You sit down and eat dinner with your parents. You try to sound uplifting and tell them of some leads you have on jobs. They smile and encourage you.
7:00 p.m. — You text a friend to see what they are doing.
7:03 p.m. –– You text a few more friends.
7:05 p.m. — You finally organize plans to go out for one beer.
8:45 p.m. — You meet up with a couple buddies for a drink at the bar. They share stories of their workday. You sit, listen, and try to act optimistic. You quickly order a few more beers.
10:00 p.m. — You are slightly drunk. Your friends call it a night. They have work in the morning. You make a joke about your “workday” ahead. You all laugh, but inside you feel like screaming.
11:00 p.m. — You check your email again. Inbox: empty. So, you sit and watch TV.
11:45 p.m. — Due to all the naps and sleep you got earlier in the day, you can’t fall asleep. You continue to check your email. Inbox remains empty.
1:00 a.m. — You finally decide to go to bed, trying to end your day in a positive mindset. Before you close your laptop, you sign in to your bank account to check your funds.
1:15 a.m. — You set your alarm for 8:00 a.m. because that’s the time you woke up before when you were employed.
1:17 a.m. — You cry yourself to sleep.