Stop Shaming Millennials

Stop Shaming Millennials

Instead of pointing fingers, let's work to get out of the economic, political, and social rut we are stuck in.
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Lazy.

Entitled.

Morally corrupt.

Disrespectful.

Selfish.

Undisciplined.

No self-respect/worth.

Had everything handed to us.

Addicted to screens.

Not leaders.

If you are a millennial like me, you have probably heard your generation described like this. Many millennials even agree and have complacently accepted the belief that our generation isn’t good for anything. You’ve maybe even attributed the above descriptions to yourself and your social circle. Maybe you've even decided that you must be this way because you were born into it. You feel you need to shame your generation or else you will get stuck in its ways.

I would like to see an end to this kind of thinking.

Millennials, please do not be ashamed of our generation. People of all generations should stop thinking they're “above” our generation and recognize that no generation is perfect.

We are called the generation of people who received "participation medals." Some say we don’t contribute anything to society.

Don’t get me wrong, I’m all for recognizing our flaws as a generation. In doing so, we can become better from it. I see how many young people have had everything handed to them by their parents. I understand the majority of this generation spends too much time online. I know many of us lack a strong ethical and moral guidance, and many of us are lazy and expectant.

But I can’t say that we are a worthless generation, and I can’t say the flaws of our generation are entirely our fault.

People complain that we aren’t grateful for our work and educational and opportunities because we want lower college tuition and higher salaries. They say we want to be successful, but we don’t want to work to achieve that success.

Our generation is the most educated generation in history, though, with almost one-third of us acquiring a college degree and many of us earning graduate degrees. Now, we actually have to work harder to get a well-paying career because we need more education nowadays.

In generations past, it was possible to have a decent salary without a college degree. Now, the median pay gap now between those with and without a college degree is greater than ever.

College is also more expensive than ever, with the average tuition prices up 234% since 1994. This limits many people from getting to go to college at all, and those who do are usually left with a hefty debt.

Millennials don’t want reduced tuition costs because we are lazy or ungrateful. We want reduced tuition because we are broke and trying to get ourselves into college.

What many people don’t understand is that it’s not the millennials' fault that our country is currently in economic crisis—we were born into it. After putting ourselves in debt to acquire degrees to even be able to enter the workforce, we are expected to be financially stable in this time of low starting salaries and high entry requirements. No wonder more college graduates are moving back home than in decades. We aren’t making less money because we don’t work hard, we are making less money because past generations ruined our economy.

Baby boomers were also at one point considered a lazy generation— just like ours is. They at least had a better economic and political foundation. Millennials are growing up in economic haywire and yet we are blamed for it.

Another way blame is placed on us is claiming we are lazy because we spend more time on social media. What they don’t realize is that our generation has become so educated and engaged in activism because we are all given a voice now through social media outlets. Social media played a huge role in issues like feminism, #BlackLivesMatter, and the 2016 presidential campaign.

It is valid to say that perhaps some of this activism and speaking out against issues is not beneficial, but no one can say that millennials are apathetic.

I’m not arguing that my generation is perfect. I know that it has its flaws and needs a lot of work. My point is that shame is not the way to instill change in a generation. Instead, we need to recognize our obstacles so we can properly overcome them.

Our generation isn't worthless. It may have its problems, but I see so much potential in us. We are becoming educated, working hard to get admirable careers, and connecting with people. We have already made amazing social, economic, and political changes. Our generation is capable of so much greatness.

I urge you to believe it yourself and make everyone else believe it too.

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It’s safe to say that my perspective changed once I signed my marriage certificate at the age of 18. Although marriage is not always easy and getting married at such a young age definitely sets you up for some extra challenges, there is something to be said about entering into marriage and adulthood at the same time.

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Getting married young does not mean giving up your dreams. It means having someone dream your dreams with you. When you get lost along the way, and your dreams and goals seem out of reach, it’s having someone there to point you in the right direction and show you the way back. Despite what people are going to tell you, it definitely doesn’t mean that you are going to miss out on all the experiences life has to offer. It simply means that you get to share all of these great adventures with the person you love most in the world.

And trust me, there is nothing better than that. It doesn’t mean that you are already grown up, it means that you have someone to grow with.

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You have someone to sit on your used furniture with and talk about what you want to do and who you want to be someday.

Then, when someday comes, you get to look back on all of that and realize what a blessing it is to watch someone grow. Even after just one year of marriage, I look back and I am incredibly proud of my husband. I’m proud of the person he has become, and I’m proud of what we have accomplished together. I can’t wait to see what the rest of our lives have in store for us.

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Summer And Jobs

Working summers doesn't have to be tedious.

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Like many other college students, I was ready for summer but was kinda bummed that I had to work. Its not that I didn't like where I was working, I actually was really lucky to be working in a hospital environment but I just hated being alone all summer from 9-5. I've had this job for a few years now and a few other paid interns came and went but I never really connected with any of them. This year is different though.

I got really lucky to have another intern work with me that was very similar to me. The tasks we got were always simple but they were made to be more fun because I got to do them while talking with someone else. Now I actually enjoy and look forward to going to work.

The key to finding a good job is finding one that you enjoy doing and one that will help you gain knowledge that will help you out with future career plans. Working with friends also make tasks enjoyable! I would be careful with working with your friend however because if your job needs you to be serious and focused, being around your best friends may distract you from that.

Another thing that definitely makes summer jobs more enjoyable are taking breaks! It is your summer vacation after all! I'm not saying don't take a day off just to sit around, but if you make plans with family and friends, take a Friday off and enjoy the warm weather and good company! Employers understand that us college students and on break and have lives, they are usually very lenient with days off!

If you have to do a summer job to make money to live off of or pay for college, the best thing to do is look at the big picture. If you don't enjoy your job but can't afford to quit, remember that the money if going to help you out a lot. Also, this job is probably only for the summer right? So it's not permanent my friend! Get through these annoying few weeks and you will be back at college, taking steps for a bigger and brighter future.

Summer jobs are tough, I know, but make the most of it! And don't forget to enjoy it whenever you can!!!

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