Oh the trials and tribulations of post-college life. We’re led to believe that once we graduate everything will fall perfectly into place, but that couldn’t be further from the truth. Life becomes exponentially more complicated, and the friends who were like family during college are now drifting in opposite directions. At times, it’s a struggle even knowing who you are or where you’re going.
How do you continue on your own down the path you’ve foraged? And how do you keep your friendships together in the process?
“Young Like Us” – a charming and thoughtful eight-episode web series on YouTube – asks these questions and more. The series features three ex-roommates, Mia, Ava, and Charlie, who start a fake band in order to sustain their bond after they’ve graduated and moved out of their Brooklyn apartment. Their band-practice room becomes a place of refuge, where they can escape together and share the tales of their daily struggles and triumphs.
Through their music, the characters are able to explore feelings about relationships, sexuality, identity, and what the future may hold. In each episode, they use lyrics to share things that may simply be too difficult to express otherwise.
Beyond the spectacular comedic and dramatic performances of the cast, what I enjoy most about “Young Like Us” is the sincerity of the writing and how the character’s issues are tackled. Creators Cleo Handler and Chloe Sarbib don’t shy away from what makes these girls real; their problems, passions, frustrations, selfishness, and love for one another are all laid out on the table for the world to see. They are real young women struggling with problems that real young women have.
Be sure to watch “Young Like Us” and share the series with your friends and family. I can’t wait to see what these women come up with next!