Insufficient funds: A grad's biggest secret... is that she's broke

After graduating, Yasmine Mathurin faced student loans and credit card debt — stuck in a cycle of money anxiety. And part of that anxiety was that she didn't want her friends, family and colleagues to know she was actually broke. So, she started faking that she had enough money. But once you've started faking it, how long can you really keep that up?
Documentary producer Yasmine Mathurin battles the stress of pretending she has money ... when she doesn't.

Yasmine Mathurin did the stuff you're supposed to do.

She went to school. And she went to school again for a master's. She graduated. Then, with a master's in journalism in hand, she hit the job market.

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But an education, and a job, doesn't necessarily equal financial stability.

Yasmine was facing student loans and credit card debt — she was stuck in a cycle of money anxiety. And part of that anxiety was that she didn't want her friends, family and colleagues to know she was actually broke.

So, she started faking that she had enough money. But once you've started faking it, how long can you really keep that up?
 

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Money. Let's talk about it. It's been elusive for younger generations since — well, forever. Have you ever worn an outfit to a job interview ... and then returned it? Yeah, we thought so. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯ 

CBC's The Doc Project talked to six millennials about their money confessions. Continue reading →

About the producer

Yasmine Mathurin
Yasmine Mathurin is a freelance journalist and filmmaker, and holds a master's of journalism from Ryerson University. Her work has been featured on CBC News and Exclaim! magazine. When she's not trying to find a way to perfect her skills as a storyteller, she can be found with a camera and recorder in hand shooting portraits or posting on social media. Yasmine spent her childhood in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, her teenage years between Calgary and Montreal and now calls Toronto home.