Generation Z and the 90's

Generation Z and the 90's

A tribute to why Generation Z will always love the 90's

As someone who was born in the late 90’s and gets told quite often I can’t claim to be a true 90’s kid because I was but a baby at the time, here is a big “oh no, screw you” to those naysayers. I'm here to tell you why the kids born in the late 90’s, that awkwardly timed and weird mash of generations known as Generation Z, love and aspire for the 90’s. People seem to forget that we experienced this culture. Maybe we didn't experience it as much as others, but we were there, and we can’t forget about it so easily. So here's to Generation Z, who really, truly misses the 90's.

For Generation Z, the 90's was an era we experienced in passing, which was bound to leave us wanting more. We grew up in a manner similar to that of the Millennials; just like them, we spent all of our time playing outside and with toys. We loved waking up early on Saturdays for the cartoons, even if we didn’t want to wake up early for school. We had most of the same cartoons as the early 90’s kids, or we at least grew up on them. Bill Nye taught us about science, and Pokemon is still huge for us. We love the Powerpuff Girls and are ready to riot if the new reboot ruins the show we love.

Next, we have music: the boy bands and pop stars who shaped what our music taste was to become. We grew up listening to a wide range of artists, from N'SYNC to Britney Spears to the life altering lyrics of Nirvana. Sure, we'll admit it loud and proud that the music we currently listen to is amazing, but there's a reason we play throwback music so much. We miss the songs that embodied the 90’s just as much as those of the Millennials. You can’t discount the fact that we get excited every time Weezer produces a new album so we can add it to our collection of music.

Even with all of that having been said, there's still an endless list of things that could be added. From 90’s fashion as we reinvent the grunge look today, to some of the most amazing Disney movies, which came out of the 90’s. Not to mention the fact that some of our most beloved celebrities today were born in the 90’s. Some of them can "rightfully" claim the title of "90’s kid," like Jennifer Lawrence or Emma Watson, while others, as a part of Generation Z, struggle and fight for that claim, like Abigail Breslin and Jaden Smith. So hopefully you Millennials now realize that we in Generation Z are just as deserving of the title "90’s kids" as you are. In some cases, you Millennials are older siblings. Where did we learn all of this from if not from you? So just keep that in mind the next time one of the fateful Generation Z decides to say they miss the 90’s or are a 90’s kid.

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8 Reasons Why My Dad Is the Most Important Man In My Life

Forever my number one guy.

Growing up, there's been one consistent man I can always count on, my father. In any aspect of my life, my dad has always been there, showing me unconditional love and respect every day. No matter what, I know that my dad will always be the most important man in my life for many reasons.

1. He has always been there.

Literally. From the day I was born until today, I have never not been able to count on my dad to be there for me, uplift me and be the best dad he can be.

2. He learned to adapt and suffer through girly trends to make me happy.

I'm sure when my dad was younger and pictured his future, he didn't think about the Barbie pretend pageants, dressing up as a princess, perfecting my pigtails and enduring other countless girly events. My dad never turned me down when I wanted to play a game, no matter what and was always willing to help me pick out cute outfits and do my hair before preschool.

3. He sends the cutest texts.

Random text messages since I have gotten my own cell phone have always come my way from my dad. Those randoms "I love you so much" and "I am so proud of you" never fail to make me smile, and I can always count on my dad for an adorable text message when I'm feeling down.

4. He taught me how to be brave.

When I needed to learn how to swim, he threw me in the pool. When I needed to learn how to ride a bike, he went alongside me and made sure I didn't fall too badly. When I needed to learn how to drive, he was there next to me, making sure I didn't crash.

5. He encourages me to best the best I can be.

My dad sees the best in me, no matter how much I fail. He's always there to support me and turn my failures into successes. He can sit on the phone with me for hours, talking future career stuff and listening to me lay out my future plans and goals. He wants the absolute best for me, and no is never an option, he is always willing to do whatever it takes to get me where I need to be.

6. He gets sentimental way too often, but it's cute.

Whether you're sitting down at the kitchen table, reminiscing about your childhood, or that one song comes on that your dad insists you will dance to together on your wedding day, your dad's emotions often come out in the cutest possible way, forever reminding you how loved you are.

7. He supports you, emotionally and financially.

Need to vent about a guy in your life that isn't treating you well? My dad is there. Need some extra cash to help fund spring break? He's there for that, too.

8. He shows me how I should be treated.

Yes, my dad treats me like a princess, and I don't expect every guy I meet to wait on me hand and foot, but I do expect respect, and that's exactly what my dad showed I deserve. From the way he loves, admires, and respects me, he shows me that there are guys out there who will one day come along and treat me like that. My dad always advises me to not put up with less than I deserve and assures me that the right guy will come along one day.

For these reasons and more, my dad will forever be my No. 1 man. I love you!

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My contemplation of the complexities between different forms of art.


Aside from reading Guy Harrison's guide to eliminating scientific ignorance called, "At Least Know This: Essential Science to Enhance Your Life" and, "The Breakthrough: Immunotherapy and the Race to Cure Cancer" by Charles Graeber, an informative and emotional historical account explaining the potential use of our own immune systems to cure cancer, I read articles and worked on my own writing in order to keep learning while enjoying my winter break back in December. I also took a trip to the Guggenheim Museum.

I wish I was artistic. Generally, I walk through museums in awe of what artists can do. The colors and dainty details simultaneously inspire me and remind me of what little talent I posses holding a paintbrush. Walking through the Guggenheim was no exception. Most of the pieces are done by Hilma af Klint, a 20th-century Swedish artist expressing her beliefs and curiosity about the universe through her abstract painting. I was mostly at the exhibit to appease my mom (a K - 8th-grade art teacher), but as we continued to look at each piece and read their descriptions, I slowly began to appreciate them and their underlying meanings.

I like writing that integrates symbols, double meanings, and metaphors into its message because I think that the best works of art are the ones that have to be sought after. If the writer simply tells you exactly what they were thinking and how their words should be interpreted, there's no room for imagination. An unpopular opinion in high school was that reading "The Scarlet Letter" by Nathaniel Hawthorne was fun. Well, I thought it was. At the beginning of the book, there's a scene where Hawthorne describes a wild rosebush that sits just outside of the community prison. As you read, you are free to decide whether it's an image of morality, the last taste of freedom and natural beauty for criminals walking toward their doom, or a symbol of the relationship between the Puritans with their prison-like expectations and Hester, the main character, who blossoms into herself throughout the novel. Whichever one you think it is doesn't matter, the point is that the rosebush can symbolize whatever you want it to. It's the same with paintings - they can be interpreted however you want them to be.

As we walked through the building, its spiral design leading us further and further upwards, we were able to catch glimpses of af Klint's life through the strokes of her brush. My favorite of her collections was one titled, "Evolution." As a science nerd myself, the idea that the story of our existence was being incorporated into art intrigued me. One piece represented the eras of geological time through her use of spirals and snails colored abstractly. She clued you into the story she was telling by using different colors and tones to represent different periods. It felt like reading "The Scarlet Letter" and my biology textbook at the same time. Maybe that sounds like the worst thing ever, but to me it was heaven. Art isn't just art and science isn't just science. Aspects of different studies coexist and join together to form something amazing that will speak to even the most untalented patron walking through the museum halls.

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