Casey’s Reviews

Being 27

A review of adulthood — sort of

Dr. Casey Lawrence
Reviewsday Tuesday
Published in
3 min readMar 7, 2023

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I am writing this on my 28th birthday. When I turned 27, I made this TikTok:

Not much has changed since then, if I’m honest. I mean, I did recently submit my doctoral thesis. Now I’m in this post-submission limbo, waiting for my viva examination. With graduation (hopefully!) looming, I don’t know what I’m going to do with myself. I don’t know how to be anything other than a student.

Being 27 as a cuspie Millennial was really strange. I live with my partner of six years, but we’re both still students. We don’t own a home and aren’t likely to get on the property ladder any time soon.

Friends of mine who didn’t go to grad school are getting married and having babies, have full-fledged careers, or both. I see engagement and pregnancy announcements on my Facebook feed every day. When a person my age says they’re pregnant, everyone is excited.

When my mother turned 28, she had a husband, a house, two children, and a dog. As I turn 28, I have

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Dr. Casey Lawrence
Reviewsday Tuesday

Canadian author of three LGBT YA novels. PhD from Trinity College Dublin. Check out my lists for stories by genre/type.