If You Still Think Millennials Are Lazy, Stop And Look At What Stoneman Douglas Students Are Doing To Change The World

If You Still Think Millennials Are Lazy, Stop And Look At What Stoneman Douglas Students Are Doing To Change The World

I have yet to meet a single millennial who won't work hard to get the job done.

It's been a crazy past couple weeks with all the events that have been happening in the media. After the Stoneman Douglas School shooting in Florida, there has been a bigger movement starting called #NeverAgain. It was organized by young teenagers or what other people refer us to: Millenials.

On February 14th, a 19-year-old came into Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida. Nicholas Cruz, the shooter, entered the school with an AR-15 semi-automatic rifle and shot and killed seventeen people, fourteen students, and three staff members. Two days later, #NeverAgain created a Twitter page.

The first tweet said, "This account is made for survivors to help cope with the trauma they dealt with and have been dealing with since. We are here to help." The hashtag immediately started trending online. People expressing their sympathy, prayers, and rally for change. Since then, those students and others are fighting for change are out marching government buildings and not stopping until something is done.

The group behind #NeverAgain is run by high school students you have gone through an incredibly hard and traumatic event in their lives. They are are pushing through that hurt and doing something about it. That is incredible! But still, people find millennials lazy. They mooch off their parents' money, can't do anything for themselves and don't know how to work hard. There is a trending hashtag, #MillennialOlympicEvents.

It started off as a funny thing for other millennials to joke and laugh about. However, a group of people began to find a way to insult millennials. Insulting events such as "Basement Dwelling", "Humble Bragging", "Synchronized whining" and "Who can with the most 'Participation' trophies". One even included "Abortion Triathlon."

Not all of us are the same.

We are put into our own political parties. We all have our differences. The one thing we do have in common is the fact we all know we aren't lazy. I have yet to meet a millennial who hasn't gone through some sort of situation where they have to work their butts off to get things done. Whether that's to get a job or to pay off college loans, we do the best we can. But yet we still get flack for it, even from politicians.

On February 20th, Florida lawmakers "against a motion to consider a bill to ban assault rifles and large capacity magazines." The vote was drastic. Among the disappointed individuals, Dinesh D'Souza tweeted:

I'm sorry, but aren't you supposed to be the adult? Instead of mocking the victims of that school shooting you keep your opinions if you really find it that repulsive.

Oh, but it gets better.

This man has political power. He felt comfortable enough to tweet something like this. The victims and families of those that lost a family member in the school shooting are mourning.

But the students that have organized #NeverAgain are not stepping down. With several hateful comments from the public and those who see millennials as lazy and don't know anything, they respond calmly and respectfully (unlike those who comment that hate to begin with). Sarah Chandwick responded to D'Souza's tweet like a champ.

That is the definition of what adults think of millennials. That we don't know anything! We are a powerful and passionate generation that will not back down. We were raised (by many adults who think this way) to not give up on what we believe in.

You may continue to generalize that millennials are a wasteful generation and are lazy. Just know, #NeverAgain has been trending. An organization by high school students who can work together better than most politicians. We will continue to make a change no matter what you think.

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16 Things You Know To Be True If Your Name Is Emily

*Immediately sends to five other friends named Emily*

Emily. The name of legends, great poets and just overall fabulous people. Emily has been ranked among one of the most popular girl's names for literally decades, so it's no secret that people named Emily definitely have a few things to bond over.

1. You have very specific preferences on being called Em, Emmy or Emmers.

And most likely only *some* people are given this privilege.

2. Every time you meet someone named Emily you instantly bond.

OMG, our parents were some of the most unoriginal people ever! Besties!

3. But secretly, you like to think of yourself as the better Emily.

Sorry not sorry.

4. Your middle name is probably Ann, Elizabeth or Marie.

Because your name is as basic as it gets.

5. You take great pride in knowing that you were the inspiration for names like Emma, Emmy and Emmaline.

And maybe you're a little jealous that your parents didn't at least try to do something a little more unique.

6. Whether it's work or school you always have to share your name with someone.

So you're probably used to attaching the first letter of your last name or broin' out and using your last name like some sort of athlete.

7. On the flip side, you were ALWAYS able to find your name on keychains growing up.

8. And unless your barista is feeling extra grouchy, it's impossible to get your name wrong on your Starbucks cup.

Unless you're one of those Emily's that spells it like Emmaleigh... *judging you*

9. Because at least you have a name no one has to ask how to spell.

Unless, well, see above.

10. You have spent hours perfecting the ideal "E" for your signature.

Do you make a backwards "3" or do you do a loopy lowercase "e?" The choice is yours.

11. And you definitely went through a phase where you dotted the "i" in hearts.

Because you just wanted to go for that extra ~GiRlY~ effect.

12. Your friends know better than to call your name in a public place.

Unless they want at least three people turning around.

13. Someone has texted you thinking they're talking to a different Emily.

Nope, nope. I'm Emily G., not Emily L.

14. You can appreciate that when you write the word Emily it's perfectly even on both sides.

15. And contains the perfect amount of loops.

16. Because while it might be super common, it's popular for a reason

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'The Farewell' Brings An Asian-American Narrative To Hollywood

I've never imagined that a story like this would make its way to Hollywood, and it's definitely a welcome change.


The trailer for Lulu Wang's "The Farewell" was recently released. The film, based on Wang's own experience, stars Awkwafina as Billi, a Chinese-American woman who travels to China after learning her grandmother has been diagnosed with terminal lung cancer. "The Farewell" initially debuted at the 2019 Sundance Film Festival in January, and currently holds a rating of 100% on Rotten Tomatoes.

"The Farewell" is an exciting film for members of the Asian-American community, as it encompasses many of our own experiences in having family overseas. Having this Asian-American narrative portrayed in Hollywood is especially groundbreaking and important to the community. "Crazy Rich Asians" has received much well-deserved acclaim for its leap in Asian representation, but the film did not necessarily depict a completely relatable experience and was only one story out of many in the Asian-American community. There were aspects of the characters' cultures that allowed the Asian-American audience to connect with much of the film, but the upper-class narrative wasn't quite as accessible to everyone.

While "Crazy Rich Asians" portrays Asians in a way that is very much uncommon in Hollywood and American media in general and had a hand in helping to break stereotypes, "The Farewell" introduces a nearly universal first-generation American or immigrant narrative to Hollywood. In doing so, the film allows many members of the Asian-American community to truly see their own experiences and their own stories on the screen.

For me, the trailer alone was enough to make me tear up, and I've seen many other Asian Americans share a similar experience in seeing the trailer. The film reminds us of our own families, whether it's our grandparents or any other family living overseas. I've never imagined that a story like this would make its way to Hollywood, and it's definitely a welcome change.

"The Farewell," which is scheduled for release on July 12, 2019, depicts a family dynamic in the Asian-American experience that hits home for many, including myself. The initial critical response, especially towards Awkwafina's performance, is certainly promising and will hopefully motivate more Asian-American and other minority filmmakers to bring their own stories to Hollywood.


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