40 Reasons Why Millennials Are Actually the Best

40 Reasons Why Millennials Are Actually the Best

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Lazy, spoiled, selfish, arrogant, snobby, whining, rude.

These are just a few things that I have heard about Millennials in only the past couple of days.

It's extremely frustrating to, yet again, see people talk about things they don't understand. Millennials get a bad rep, and its mostly because of ignorance and misunderstanding of older generations. There have always been problems between generations. Admittedly, every generation thinks they are the best, and I am not trying to sit here and say that Millennials are the best generation (although I am a little bias). I do however think that because of things like technology, social media, etc. the generational gap is larger than ever before.

But Millennials have a lot of things going for them. So many people look at Millennials and only see the bad things. Sure we like Twitter a lot and can binge watch the shit out of Netflix, but is that really such a bad thing? Because aside from that, we are incredibly focused and driven young individuals who have our fingers on the pulse of what is happening around the world. Yes, we are a little outspoken, but that's only because we are so passionate about things- and we're not very good at being passive observers. Yeah we might cause trouble, but that's just how we get things done.

So next time you are about to trash talk a Millennial, just remember all of the qualities listed below, and remember that we all have our faults, but in stead of generations tearing each other down, we should be focusing on building each other up (and that's a two way street).

40 THINGS ABOUT MILLENNIALS THAT MAKE THEM GREAT

1. Tech savvy

2. High levels of self awareness

3. Socially and politically active

4. Intelligent

5. Great at multitasking

6. Open minded

7. Good listeners

8. Give credit where credit is due

9. Not afraid to admit their mistakes (and then learn from them)

10. Always up for a challenge

11. Don't give up easily

12. Strong awareness of current events (locally and globally)

13. Quick to adapt to new situations

14. Hard working

15. Eagerness to learn new things

16. Know how to have fun

17. Accepting of people different than them

18. Don't take anyones shit

19. Outspoken

20. Not afraid to stand up to injustice

21. Not afraid to stand up to a higher authority when they are blatantly wrong

22. Good volunteers

23. Understands the importance of mental health

24. Good communication skills

25. Appreciate old things

26. Amazing sense of humor

27. Can laugh at themselves

28. Independent (but also not afraid to ask for help when necessary)

29. Reliable

30. Environmentally friendly

31. Appreciative

32. Knows how to work as a team

33. Encouraging

34. Easily inspired

35. Exceedingly generous (even though they're struggling too)

36. Caring

37. Incredibly creative and artistic

38. Altruistic

39. Hopeful

40. Constantly seeking to better themselves and the world around them

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'As A Woman,' I Don't Need To Fit Your Preconceived Political Assumptions About Women

I refuse to be categorized and I refuse to be defined by others. Yes, I am a woman, but I am so much more.

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It is quite possible to say that the United States has never seen such a time of divisiveness, partisanship, and extreme animosity of those on different sides of the political spectrum. Social media sites such as Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter are saturated with posts of political opinions and are matched with comments that express not only disagreement but too often, words of hatred. Many who cannot understand others' political beliefs rarely even respect them.

As a female, Republican, college student, I feel I receive the most confusion from others regarding my political opinions. Whenever I post or write something supporting a conservative or expressing my right-leaning beliefs and I see a comment has been left, I almost always know what words their comment will begin with. Or in conversation, if I make my beliefs known and someone begins to respond, I can practically hear the words before they leave their mouth.

"As a woman…"

This initial phrase is often followed by a question, generally surrounding how I could publicly support a Republican candidate or maintain conservative beliefs. "As a woman, how can you support Donald Trump?" or "As a woman, how can you support pro-life policies?" and, my personal favorite, "As a woman, how did you not want Hillary for president?"

Although I understand their sentiment, I cannot respect it. Yes, being a woman is a part of who I am, but it in no way determines who I am. My sex has not and will not adjudicate my goals, my passions, or my work. It will not influence the way in which I think or the way in which I express those thoughts. Further, your mention of my sex as the primary logic for condemning such expressions will not change my adherence to defending what I share. Nor should it.

To conduct your questioning of my politics by inferring that my sex should influence my ideology is not only offensive, it's sexist.

It disregards my other qualifications and renders them worthless. It disregards my work as a student of political science. It disregards my hours of research dedicated to writing about politics. It disregards my creativity as an author and my knowledge of the subjects I choose to discuss. It disregards the fundamental human right I possess to form my own opinion and my Constitutional right to express that opinion freely with others. And most notably, it disregards that I am an individual. An individual capable of forming my own opinions and being brave enough to share those with the world at the risk of receiving backlash and criticism. All I ask is for respect of that bravery and respect for my qualifications.

Words are powerful. They can be used to inspire, unite, and revolutionize. Yet, they can be abused, and too comfortably are. Opening a dialogue of political debate by confining me to my gender restricts the productivity of that debate from the start. Those simple but potent words overlook my identity and label me as a stereotype destined to fit into a mold. They indicate that in our debate, you cannot look past my sex. That you will not be receptive to what I have to say if it doesn't fit into what I should be saying, "as a woman."

That is the issue with politics today. The media and our politicians, those who are meant to encourage and protect democracy, divide us into these stereotypes. We are too often told that because we are female, because we are young adults, because we are a minority, because we are middle-aged males without college degrees, that we are meant to vote and to feel one way, and any other way is misguided. Before a conversation has begun, we are divided against our will. Too many of us fail to inform ourselves of the issues and construct opinions that are entirely our own, unencumbered by what the mainstream tells us we are meant to believe.

We, as a people, have become limited to these classifications. Are we not more than a demographic?

As a student of political science, seeking to enter a workforce dominated by men, yes, I am a woman, but foremost I am a scholar, I am a leader, and I am autonomous. I refuse to be categorized and I refuse to be defined by others. Yes, I am a woman, but I am so much more.

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News Flash: Trans People Do Not Just Wake Up One Day and 'Decide To Change Genders'

You did not wake up and decide to be cis either.

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"What if I wake up one day and decide I identify as an attack helicopter???" This stupid overused joke has been recycled to me time and time again as a way to disregard trans and nonbinary individuals since belittling minorities became an edgy internet fad. I looked into a hysterectomy for myself when I realized that I received such bad dysphoria during my period and menstrual cycles that I genuinely wanted to shed my skin. I felt my body was betraying me. It felt like there was some sort of evil force within me trying to betray my body and keep it from operating normal or how I felt like it was supposed to operate.

The feeling I experienced when my body bled or spotted was a feeling I genuinely think I can not accurately describe to anyone unless they have felt that pain of true dysphoria. It is a deep and dark feeling that I truly think is one of the worst ones an individual can experience. I would never wish it on my very worst enemy. Time and time again I have the old, recycled joke towards trans people in a pathetic attempt to degrade them.

"Well... what if I identify as an attack helicopter? What if I identify as this chair?"

This is a crass scrape off the bottom of the barrel that I see attempted to pass off as some pathetic attempt at humor or even at times presented in actual debates. The point is, if you truly did identify as an inanimate object and were plagued with crippling dysphoria every day of your life that made you want to shed your own skin and crawl away from the body you feel you have the misfortune of being given, I would hope you possessed support from your family, friends, and even strangers in your life that would stand by you through that trial. Jokes like this are rather pathetic try to degrade trans and nonbinary individuals without any real facts or opinions as to they want to keep individuals from living the life that is best for them or choosing to be in a body that they are actually comfortable in and feel they can belong to.

I have experienced dysphoria first hand. I wish I could put these feelings onto the person that I am debating with so that they can live a day in the life of someone who has to fight just to feel moderately comfortable in their body and not be overcome with the feeling of wanting to abandon their own body because they feel they are trapped. Another thing I like to bring into account is how unbelievably difficult it is for a trans person to transition. This is not just an emotional difficulty but rather refusal from doctors. The operation I looked into was both endometrial ablation and hysterectomy to rid me of my dysphoria that plagues my body and works as nothing but a horrific hindrance to a vast majority of women.

If you are a woman you are completely incapable of getting your reproductive organs altered in any sort of way. This is because doctors and humans, in general, believe women are to bear children. The fact that a woman may have no desire for children or not conform to expectations does not come into account with doctors and physicians. I Googled what it would take to get a hysterectomy or endometrial ablation. All answers told me it was going to be nearly impossible.

A woman would have to be incredibly sick, have fibroids, endometriosis, or some other form of serious ailment for a doctor to even consider. A man is easily able to get a vasectomy. It is as simple as walking in and asking for the procedure. However, it is believed to be absolutely impossible for a woman (or non-binary individuals) to know their own minds and work towards the body that they desire.

Many times trans people are denied their hormone replacement therapy and have to go through a long, extensive process or paying for and convincing a therapist to write them a letter informing the doctor that they are indeed trans and can go through surgery. The process is exhausting and by the time you finally are able to get to your procedure (if you are even guaranteed permission by doctors and therapists) you feel all the fight has been beaten out of you. You are broken down, humiliated, and still trapped in the body you wish to escape.

One does not wake up and decide to be. The process contains more denial than a vast majority of people will endure in their entire lives. The dysphoria is painful. The constant rejection and lack of cooperation from doctors is the most infuriating thing in the entire world. Trans people are here and living as one can be the most difficult thing in the world. Denial is constant. All I can do is hope to get the results I deserve and applaud others who have success stories as well. Success in transition is difficult when the doctors who you are putting your life into the open hands of, are refusing cooperation. We can do so much better.

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