It's True: Many Millennials Are Noncommittal

It's True: Many Millennials Are Noncommittal

Hello, our name is the Millennial and we have commitment issues.
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Many Millennials can barely make it through a song without skipping to the next one, let alone make it through a book before picking up another. We can open and close tabs on a computer faster than our grandparents can blink, and don’t even ask us how many apps we currently have open. We get new phones once every year, and we probably changed our majors at least three times in undergrad. We’re the Millennial generation, and we’re noncommittal. Here are five ways this lack of commitment is affecting how we live, or maybe don’t live, our lives.

1. We’re choosing the single life over marriage.

According to an article published by the Pew Research Center, only 26% of our generation is married. When our parents were our age, 36% of them were married. It’s not that Millennials are entirely against marriage, but we don’t like to settle or settle down. We’re opportunists, we believe in carpe diem, and we believe in love, but not at the expense of giving up our lifestyles.

2. Generation Job-Hop

Most of our parents have had the same jobs for 30-plus years, and most of us can barely hold the same job for three. Actually, an article published by Forbes said that 91% of Millennials currently expect to stay at the same job for less than three years. It’s not like we’re getting fired or asked to leave (at least, I hope you’re not), but, as Millennials, we characteristically like to explore other options. We struggle with climbing the ladder, and working our way up. We value jobs that value their employees and offer potential for fast-paced growth. It’s kind of like dating: We’ll just job-hop for a bit until we find “the one” that fits our expectations.

3. The Young and the Restless

Millennials are moving. A lot. According to a study published by CityLab, “mobility peaks around the mid-20s, when roughly 35% of Americans are on the move.” Needless to say, we don’t move alone. We tend to migrate where there’s already an abundance of us, craving a fun-loving city full of youth, opportunity and often a wild bar scene and nightlife (you’ve probably seen by now all the articles highlighting the best cities for Millennials). Millennials see the value in meeting new people and seeing new things, exploring places we’ve never been and finding out what the rest of the world has to offer.

4. The Age of Disaffiliation

Millennials are the unaffiliated, or perhaps, disaffiliated generation. We are generally unattached to politics and religion. As a matter of fact, the Pew Research Center says 50% of Millennials identify as political independents, and 29% say they’re not affiliated with any religion. But, at least we’re leading the way with this latest social trend. Because, don’t get us wrong, it’s not like we dislike being a part of groups and events. Just take social networking, for example. I’ll take affiliation with Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter any day.

5. Fear of Ownership

Fewer Millennials are owning homes and buying cars, opting instead to rent apartments and lease vehicles. Again, we like the idea of being unattached. We can move out of rented apartments a lot easier, and get rid of vehicles every time that lease expires, just to get a brand-new car to lease again. We’re even doing this with our cell phones, choosing to purchase plans like AT&T’s NEXT plan, where customers can “lease” a phone for so many months, before trading it in again to get another. More and more companies are catching on to this mentality and creating new programs catered to the Millennial.

Millennials are inherently optimistic about the future and opportunistic, ready to seize the next big thing that comes our way. We don’t want to miss any opportunities that could lead to a better job, introduce us to cool people, or take us somewhere we’ve never been. We love the idea that opportunities are always out there, waiting for us. We’re noncommittal because we have hope, and hopefully, in time, we’ll see the value of commitment, too.

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College As Told By Junie B. Jones

A tribute to the beloved author Barbara Parks.
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The Junie B. Jones series was a big part of my childhood. They were the first chapter books I ever read. On car trips, my mother would entertain my sister and me by purchasing a new Junie B. Jones book and reading it to us. My favorite part about the books then, and still, are how funny they are. Junie B. takes things very literally, and her (mis)adventures are hilarious. A lot of children's authors tend to write for children and parents in their books to keep the attention of both parties. Barbara Park, the author of the Junie B. Jones series, did just that. This is why many things Junie B. said in Kindergarten could be applied to her experiences in college, as shown here.

When Junie B. introduces herself hundreds of times during orientation week:

“My name is Junie B. Jones. The B stands for Beatrice. Except I don't like Beatrice. I just like B and that's all." (Junie B. Jones and the Stupid Smelly Bus, p. 1)

When she goes to her first college career fair:

"Yeah, only guess what? I never even heard of that dumb word careers before. And so I won't know what the heck we're talking about." (Junie B. Jones and her Big Fat Mouth, p. 2)

When she thinks people in class are gossiping about her:

“They whispered to each other for a real long time. Also, they kept looking at me. And they wouldn't even stop." (Junie B., First Grader Boss of Lunch, p. 66)

When someone asks her about the library:

“It's where the books are. And guess what? Books are my very favorite things in the whole world!" (Junie B. Jones and the Stupid Smelly Bus, p. 27)

When she doesn't know what she's eating at the caf:

“I peeked inside the bread. I stared and stared for a real long time. 'Cause I didn't actually recognize the meat, that's why. Finally, I ate it anyway. It was tasty...whatever it was." (Junie B., First Grader Boss of Lunch, p. 66)

When she gets bored during class:

“I drew a sausage patty on my arm. Only that wasn't even an assignment." (Junie B. Jones Loves Handsome Warren, p. 18)

When she considers dropping out:

“Maybe someday I will just be the Boss of Cookies instead!" (Junie B., First Grader Boss of Lunch, p. 76)

When her friends invite her to the lake for Labor Day:

“GOOD NEWS! I CAN COME TO THE LAKE WITH YOU, I BELIEVE!" (Junie B. Jones Smells Something Fishy, p. 17)

When her professor never enters grades on time:

“I rolled my eyes way up to the sky." (Junie B., First Grader Boss of Lunch, p. 38)

When her friends won't stop poking her on Facebook:


“Do not poke me one more time, and I mean it." (Junie B. Jones Smells Something Fishy, p. 7)

When she finds out she got a bad test grade:

“Then my eyes got a little bit wet. I wasn't crying, though." (Junie B. Jones and the Stupid Smelly Bus, p. 17)

When she isn't allowed to have a pet on campus but really wants one:

“FISH STICK! I NAMED HIM FISH STICK BECAUSE HE'S A FISH STICK, OF COURSE!" (Junie B. Jones Smells Something Fishy, p. 59)

When she has to walk across campus in the dark:

“There's no such thing as monsters. There's no such thing as monsters." (Junie B. Jones Has a Monster Under Her Bed, p. 12)

When her boyfriend breaks her heart:

“I am a bachelorette. A bachelorette is when your boyfriend named Ricardo dumps you at recess. Only I wasn't actually expecting that terrible trouble." (Junie B. Jones Is (almost) a Flower Girl, p. 1)

When she paints her first canvas:


"And painting is the funnest thing I love!" (Junie B. Jones and her Big Fat Mouth, p. 61)

When her sorority takes stacked pictures:

“The biggie kids stand in the back. And the shortie kids stand in the front. I am a shortie kid. Only that is nothing to be ashamed of." (Junie B. Jones Has a Monster Under Her Bed, p. 7)

When she's had enough of the caf's food:

“Want to bake a lemon pie? A lemon pie would be fun, don't you think?" (Junie B. Jones Has a Monster Under Her Bed p. 34)

When she forgets about an exam:

“Speechless is when your mouth can't speech." (Junie B. Jones Loves Handsome Warren, p. 54)

When she finds out she has enough credits to graduate:

“A DIPLOMA! A DIPLOMA! I WILL LOVE A DIPLOMA!" (Junie B. Jones is a Graduation Girl p. 6)

When she gets home from college:

"IT'S ME! IT'S JUNIE B. JONES! I'M HOME FROM MY SCHOOL!" (Junie B. Jones and some Sneaky Peaky Spying p. 20)

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Not Having The 'Picture Perfect' Body Shape Doesn't Mean You Can't Wear A Bikini

All shapes and size are acceptable and beautiful.

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Summer has finally come again and it's now the time where everyone regrets not working out to get their "perfect" summer body. I'm here to say that these summer bodies everyone has been talking about are an unhealthy way to look at yourself and can hurt one's body image. If you're a size zero, that's great for you. If you're not a size zero, that is still great for you. There is no defined size that is required to wear a bikini during the summer, and there shouldn't be these unrealistic society norms on who can and can't wear them.

My entire life I was never worried about my size or how I look in a clothing item such as a bathing suit during the summer. I had always maintained a small figure from being active in grade school all the way through high school. Now that I am in college with no daily or weekly (and sometimes even monthly) exercise routine, I have gained weight and started to feel self conscious in what I look like in certain items that show my stomach. I don't look like the swimsuit models that are posted all over Instagram and started to feel that when summer came along I shouldn't be caught dead in a bathing suit or a shirt that showed any part of my stomach. I was beginning to feel bad about my body image because I didn't have the body shape or size that is considered to be a "society norm" and let it get to me. This is when I knew I needed to change my mindset, and not my physical appearance.

Just because someone isn't a certain size doesn't mean they should be shame into not wearing something they like or makes them feel good about themselves. Summertime is all about being in the sun at the beach or at the pool and getting a tan and getting in the water. This things require a swimsuit of some sort. The size and shape of someone's body shouldn't put a restriction on what type of bathing suit they choose to wear, and no one should comment on how they look in it in a negative manner. For some people, it's hard to lose weight just as it is hard for some people to gain weight. Society is always making remarks about girls being "too small" or "too big" or comments that are similar to those and it's putting a negative effect on how women view themselves which makes it harder for them to have a sense of self love.

Let a woman feel good about herself in what she's wearing no matter her size and leave the rude comments to yourself. Whether she is a size 0 or greater, she is still adding beauty into the world. If you want to wear a bikini, then do it. Don't let the negative people in society harshen your summertime fun.

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