I Am A Millennial And I Am Embarrassed Of My Generation

I Am A Millennial And I Am Embarrassed Of My Generation

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As I have reflected back on my first year of college, I think about the crazy parties, all-nighters spent at the library, and the random/weird things we would do. At the same time, I look back on my experience as a whole and think about what I have learned. Obviously, I learned a lot in my classes, but I believe I have learned more socially than academically. This past year was an eye opener, but I cannot take it any longer holding in how I have felt about my generation, and I believe it’s time to make a change.

One of the first things I had noticed socially is that everyone is scared to be social. Scared to not try new things, or scared to talk to someone. People are scared that things will be awkward, and to "avoid awkwardness" they sit on their phones (which is even more awkward). You literally have to throw yourself out there. People are too scared to face their fear of people. Hiding behind a phone or computer screen will do nothing to help you be more social.

The attitudes of people in my generation are also appalling. Everyone thinks they are entitled, and that the world will serve them, and they don’t have to lift a finger. Well, guess what, IT DOESN’T! In all honesty, the odds are never really in your favor.

Millennials think that they will automatically have the perfect job, or be rich right away. They look down their noses at others that are less fortunate. Mommy and Daddy won’t be there forever to pay for everything. For example, when I was a freshman in high school, I was sitting next to this girl in class. I tried talking to her but she looked me up and down and had a disgusted look on her face (Probably because I wasn’t wearing head to toe Lulu Lemon like she was) but still, IT LITERALLY DOESN’T MATTER IF I’M WEARING FANCY CLOTHES OR NOT, that doesn’t define who I am, or who anyone is. So many people judge on material things at my age, and it’s literally all about the brand when in reality, it isn’t.

Along with the judgment made on others, comes poor relationships. It could be a friendship, a romantic relationship, or a family member, it seems that 99 percent of the time people treat each other poorly. I know everyone else has experienced a falling out of a friendship, or a horrible relationship, and obviously, some annoying family members, but I am finding myself questioning if there really is good in people.

I only see it in a handful of people in my life that genuinely care, and the rest are almost irrelevant now. I’ve been burned too much in friendships and relationships, and I pray to God that someday those people will open their eyes.

While relationships aren’t quite real anymore, here comes along the sleeping around. Obviously, this comes with being in college and everyone goes a little crazy and that’s fine if you don’t go too crazy. But the amount and lack of self-respect, and respect for others, really disgusts me.

Don’t get me wrong, embrace the single life, but if you’re sleeping with 26 people in a semester, that might be a problem. You don’t develop the best reputation, and it seems that you invest more time in that, rather than school, or being successful if you go too far. Have fun with it, but have some self-respect, and remember why you are really here in the first place.

As much as we are young as Millennials, and really don’t know that much yet, I have learned enough to know that we are better than this, and if we make the right decisions, we will eventually realize that change needs to be made. Maybe I was born a few years too late, or I have realized too early.

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14 Fraternity Guy Gifts Ideas, Since He Already Has Enough Beer

Frat boys are a species of their own and here are some exciting gifts they will be ecstatic to receive!

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What more do frat boys love than alcohol, partying, and just acting stupid? Here are some gifts that help fulfill all of those needs for the frat boy in your life!

1. Beer holster belt

Whats better than one beer? Six beers! This fashionable camouflage accessory can be used for tailgates, beach days, formals and everything in between.

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2. Phone juul holder 

You know those cardholders everyone sticks on the back of their phones? Well, now a Juul holder for your phone is on the market! This will save your favorite frat boy from ever again losing his Juul!

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3. Animal house poster 

This Animal House poster is a classic staple for any frat boy. This poster will compliment any frat house decor or lack thereof.

Price: $1.95

4. The American Fraternity book

Does the frat boy in your life need a good read for Thanksgiving or winter break? Look no farther, this will certainly keep his attention and give him a history lesson on American fraternity heritage and tradition.

Price: $28.46

5. Beer pong socks 

These snazzy socks featuring beer pong will be loved by any frat boy. As for the way to any frat boy's heart may, in fact, be beer pong.

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6. Condom case

This condom carrying case will not only protect condoms from damage but also make frat boys more inclined to practice safe sex, which is a win-win situation!

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7. Frat house candle

Ahhh yes, who does not like the smell of stale beer in a dark, musty frat house basement? Frat boys can make their apartment or bedroom back home smell like their favorite place with the help of this candle.

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8. "Frat" sticker

Frat boys always need to make sure everyone around them knows just how "fratty" they are. This versatile stick can go on a laptop, car, water bottle, or practically anywhere their little hearts desire.

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9. Natty Light t-shirt 

Even I will admit that this shirt is pretty cool. The frat boy in your life will wear this shirt at every possible moment, it is just that cool!

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10. Natty light fanny pack 

This fanny pack can absolutely be rocked by any frat boy. The built-in koozie adds a nice touch.

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11. Bud Light Neon Beer Sign 

A neon beer sign will be the perfect addition to any frat boys bedroom.

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12. Beer Opener

Although most frat boys' go to beers come in cans, this bottle opener will be useful for those special occasions when they buy nicer bottled beers.

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13. Frat House Dr. Sign

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Forget stealing random street signs, with this gift frat boys no longer have to do so.

14. Beer Lights 

Lights are an essential for any party and these will surely light up even the lamest parties.

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Please note that prices are accurate and items in stock as of the time of publication. As an Amazon Associate, Odyssey may earn a portion of qualifying sales.

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Toughing It

A few words about overcoming a rough patch.

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Nobody's perfect. Things can be going beautifully, and all of a sudden become very messy. Not everything is going to go over smoothly, but that's expected. People get stressed, and they overreact. How you handle these situations is what truly matters.

I've seen it all. I've seen people leave these occurrences behind them and move on with their lives as normal, picking up right where they'd left off. I've seen people bottle their emotions in, and not communicate their feelings. I've seen people communicate their feelings to others, but not reach out to the person they're actually upset with in order to resolve a problem. I've seen people be outright nasty for no reason. I've seen people act quite maturely, but I've also seen people act in ways I thought only occurred in middle school.

I'm the type of person who faces things head-on. If I'm upset about something involving someone, he/she will hear it directly from me. I don't like leaving issues to brew, so I tend to directly confront people. That's not exactly everyone's prerogative, but hey - they're not me. Everyone handles their situations differently... some haven't exactly made the choices I would make, but hey - I'm not them.

Some find success in being more passive. But this has two different outcomes - either it gets dropped completely, or it brews. The first is an easy way for everyone to move on. The latter is a disaster waiting to happen. If you feel like something is only gaining steam, then ignoring the issue may not be the best idea. That balloon will eventually burst, and the result will not be pretty. At all.

In resolving an issue, you may just have to take a second and think about whether or not it's actually worth drawing out. If the issue doesn't actually pertain to you, drop it. I cannot stress that enough. If you were not directly involved in something, you have absolutely no place to judge. The best idea, in this case, would be to just accept the fact that things don't always go the way you want them to.

They don't always go as planned, either. If this involves a friend, think about how important that friendship is to you, and whether or not drawing things out that don't involve you is worth risking that friendship. Honestly, actually drawing it out will not only make you look immature but may also come across as you questioning your friend's character... and believe me - that is not worth it. You choose who you surround yourself with, and you chose these people for a reason. Remember that.

These things are going to happen. There are going to be rough patches. There are going to be things that people do that you don't always like and/or agree with. There are going to be things that happen that you can't wrap your head around. But at the end of the day, it's the way you handle it that people will remember.

If you messed up, own up to it. I know - much easier said than done. But taking responsibility will maintain the respect others have for you and will keep your maturity and integrity intact. If someone takes responsibility, don't draw it out. Trust me - it's not worth it. That will only dig the hole deeper, and then you're in an even rougher patch that will be even more difficult to work through.

Not everyone operates the same way. This is to be taken into account for not only what you're handling, but also the way things are handled. People aren't always going to do things you would necessarily do, and they won't always handle it the way you might've chosen to. It takes a lot of acceptance, open-mindedness, forgiveness, and patience. Much easier said than done, but definitely more worthwhile in the end.

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