Brewster Rockit offers some seasonal thoughts to graduating insects.
I like it despite Brewster having missed the fact that you don't become a queen after graduation.
The one who is to be queen has been chosen and raised to be a queen from before birth, fed upon royal jelly and specially nurtured.
This only strengthens the metaphor, however, because, to borrow Barry Switzer's oft-borrowed quote, these royal designees "were born on third base and go through life thinking they hit a triple."
As for the workers, there is, these days, both a level of increasing unfairness and, at the same time, an issue of "what else is new?" because the happy myth of stepping off the platform with your diploma and being greeted by the president of General Motors with a handshake and a job offer has always been just that: A myth.
The people I knew in college who wound up in solid, professional jobs soon after graduation had been working towards those goals all along, often pairing industry scholarships with targeted summer jobs that were part of the package, but at least building their resumes rather than flipping burgers.
Finding those relevant summer internships and job experiences is easier when "white privilege" offers connections, but it has a lot more to do with a sense of drive and purpose, combined with rare high school mentors who didn't make "getting into the college of your choice" the goal but rather a stepping stone towards the goal.
In any case, while the cost factors are more drastic than in the past, the Millennials didn't invent this one, and at the risk of dipping back into my "best of" files, I wrote about this back when Gen X was facing it:
Updates 21 years later are not encouraging, though I don't remember where I found those figures and can only approximate how things have changed.
ProCon.org offers an analysis of how rising college costs have outstripped gains in median income, though -- as this graph indicates -- they break it down by gender, which I guess assumes that Millennials marry later and will thus face the debt on separate paychecks. Or something.
On a related note, I did find a chart of median family income, which has gone way up, but then one assumes that the percentage of families with two full-time wage earners has also gone way up, so the resulting figures become less useful.
You can slide back and forth for specific dates, so you should go look yourself, but the bottom line is that, while personal income has gone from $5,651 in the first quarter of 1974 to $44,238 in 2013, that's only a gain from $22,729 to $27,851 in spending power.
Meanwhile, the median sales price of a new house has gone from $27,700 in July '72, when we bought our not-so-gently used house, to $277,400 in March of this year, again in un-adjusted dollars, but there's another factor at work here, which is that new homes were once more modest than they are today.
However, as that article notes, it's because first-time buyers are priced out of the market, and so new homes are being built for older, richer purchasers. If you don't need five bedrooms and a family room large enough for jai-alai, you can do better on price.
There is a similar argument about college costs, that, if you work more and borrow less to cover living costs, you won't have such massive debt, but that is (A) obvious and true in any era, and (B) ignores the fact that not all education happens in the classroom and it sure as hell doesn't happen at McDonald's.
But the queen ants are in charge, and they're not that interested in changing how the colony operates.
Now here's your relevant rebus: