I only have one week of Creative Cloud left, and that’s a big problem. Why is that a big problem? Because for a designer and digital artist, it’s like trying to paint without a paintbrush, easel, and canvas. Which is actually still possible, but it is very difficult. Not only are these tools industry standard for anyone trying to work in the industry, they are practically as essential to working in a design firm as knowing color theory or typography. Say nothing of freelancing. To put it in other terms, it’s like Microsoft Office for the rest of the working world. Expert knowledge of these software is the base requirement to even get in the door. It is very fortunate, then, that I have had Creative Cloud for the last two years to get me through the end of my degree, as well as years of experience with CS4, CS5, and, CS6 beforehand. All of this is coming to an end soon sadly, as life after graduation hasn’t been as profitable as I would have hoped. But what else is new; a millennial, over qualified and under paid, disenfranchised and betrayed by a false sense of an American dream? Say it ain’t so. I am only one in a sea of young (well, youngish, being an “older” millennial) people granted a pair of debt shackles and a giant “fuck you” with our diplomas, but that is not the point of this ranty little essay; and even if I never make a cent off of my BFA in Visual Communications, I’m proud of the work I’ve done. I am grateful to everyone that helped me along the way, and still help me a great deal through my failure to launch as a successful adult.