Why You Can't Sue Yourself Into a Sorority

Some millennials need to learn that simply working toward a goal doesn't mean they will reach it.

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I had nervous nightmares about my first internship after graduating college. Would I have to pick up dry cleaning? Walk my boss's dog? Be on the receiving end of a tongue-lashing for fudging a salad order? Would it be worth it? No matter how many fill-in-the-blank menial tasks were completed in the Mad Libs of making it in entry-level New York City, the answer to that last question would almost always be yes.

But hard work doesn't always pay off -- a hard lesson you won't hear in your graduation speech. Interning somewhere didn't guarantee me a job there (if so, I'd be Oprah's righthand woman), and running 10 blocks to bring my boss that file she forgot before she left on the jitney to the Hamptons for the weekend didn't mean she'd remember how to pronounce my name on Monday.

That's the lesson Cofield and Compton may have missed. No matter how much you might want or think you deserve something, that doesn't make it your own -- it only makes it your goal. And not every goal gets counted in your win column.

Helena Andrews is a contributing editor at The Root and author of Bitch Is the New Black, a memoir in essays. Follow her on Twitter. 

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Helena Andrews is a contributing editor at The Root and author of Bitch Is the New Black, a memoir in essays. Follow her on Twitter.