The Stress Levels Of My Generation Are Being Dismissed

The Stress Levels Of My Generation Are Being Dismissed

Just because I am young, does not mean my stress is irrelevant or not important.

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Yes grandpa, you're right. Considering my age group is handling all-time highs in student loan debt, haunting predictions toward climate change, and no promise of social security, we DO have no reason to be so stressed out all time. Yes, random 70-year-old man that I'm engaging in small talk with because I am considered a millennial that automatically means I am entitled and lazy—despite you knowing nothing about me.

Although we are extremely grateful for what we are given, the infinite amount of opportunity we have can be extremely daunting and overwhelming. According to Psychology Today, millennials change their college major on average 3 times before graduating (so many good options!), chose not to invest in a 401k because of the many overbearing options they have to choose from, and invest less in the stock market due to all the options. This, alongside advancements in technology allowing us to communicate with virtually anyone we want or buy whatever we want in just a few seconds, causes a mind-boggling plethora of options and choices to make.

Because of this, it may seem that young adults appear ungrateful or inconsiderate for all of the amazing luxuries we are allotted, but the truth is... it's a lot to handle! Many of our parents raised on the "You can do anything you set your mind to!" attitude, so we grow up believing that we can be an artist if we choose to, we can live in Manhattan if that's a dream of ours, we can do anything we please! It's not that we expect these things to be handed to us, it is just that we truly believe we can work hard and these things will naturally come to us.

Then, we grow up only to find out this is not the case. Love helping people and making a difference in your community? That's great, you should major in social work! Just understand that if you decide to have children, your salary will put you close to the poverty line. Dream of living in a city? Check out the rent prices in San Francisco or New York City at the moment. Want to pursue a college degree? Be prepared for thousands of dollars in debt and mental breakdowns every other week for four years. If you have not already discovered the disheartening reality that is our future, fellow millennials, this is it--and your elder peers do not always believe this to be a justifiable reason to stress or face anxiety.

We ask of you, Baby Boomers, please understand why it is we all seem stressed out and even depressed. The harsh reality we call our future can be really scary. We admire the hard work your generation did to pave the way for our future success, but be patient with us as we try to navigate it all.

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7 Things You Do If You’re One Of Those 'I Always Order Chicken Tenders' People

It's hard to love food but also hate it at the same time.

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Growing up, my mom would usually have to cook me a separate dinner from my siblings. Why? Because I was ridiculously picky and wouldn't eat the same foods as everyone else. Trust me, it gets old. It's not my fault certain things just taste gross, you learn to live with it.

1. You eat something you hate just to see if you still hate it

I'll take a bite of a burger every once in a while just to reaffirm that it still tastes like dirt. I just have to know. Don't even get me started on vegetables.

2. When trying to explain what you actually like to eat, people give you major side eye

Don't ask me about my eating habits unless you want to get into a long, confusing conversation.

3. Eating at someone else’s house when you were younger was a pain

You hate to tell their parents just how much you hate the food that they gave you. So, you sucked it up and ate it anyway only to come home and whine to your parents.

4. There’s one thing on any menu you always fall back on...even if it’s on the kids menu

Pizza, maybe. Chicken tenders, always.

5. Trying a new food is a very proud moment

It's like, wow! Look at me being all adventurous.

6. When you realize you actually like some new food, that’s an even more amazing moment

Crazy times. This rarely happens.

7. Sometimes it’s the texture, sometimes it’s the flavor, all the time it’s left on your plate

Oops. At restaurants it's either left on your plate or your order is very specified.

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Why You Should Consider Spring Recruitment

the benefits of sorority life

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It's that time of year again!! Time for sororities to get back in the recruitment swing and gain some awesome new members! I serve as recruitment coordinator for my sorority here at The University of Georgia, and love everything recruitment has to offer.

Some of my closest friends in my sorority rushed in the spring as opposed to the beginning of the fall semester. Talking with them and having helped plan spring recruitment, we all came to the common conclusion that spring recruitment is the best!!!

I know that a lot of girls hold themselves back from joining a sorority because of the overwhelming journey it takes to receive a bid. However, spring recruitment is different because often times it is a whole lot more low key and less intense than the typical fall recruitment. It is done on a much smaller scale and really allows you to talk with a handful of sisters in order to get a better idea of what the sorority offers. There can be games, food, and activities involved - who doesn't love the sound of that??!

Maybe last semester was a tough one or you just weren't sure sorority life was for you- whatever the case may be, now is your opportunity to be a part of one of the best things college has to offer!

I'll admit I definitely did not see myself as the "typical sorority girl," but here I am convincing you to take a chance. I can truthfully say that the time I have spent in my sorority has given me some of my favorite memories and has proven to be the biggest blessing. Being a sister has allowed me to travel, find personal growth, develop the strongest of friendships, and ultimately has given me the best support system. Going through my college experience knowing that I have a group of girls that have my back and are there to support me 24/7 has been such a gift. Plus it is always fun to have a class or study buddy! Not only do you gain best friends, but you truly do gain a family as well.

I know it can be a daunting task to put yourself out into an unfamiliar setting with new people, but I promise, if you embrace the experience and stay open you may just find yourself hanging out with your new best friends. Going through recruitment forces you of your comfort zone and pushes you in the best ways possible. Start the year off experiencing something new and exciting! It is so much fun to get to talk to new people and hear all new stories. I can truly tell you that I have laughed louder and smiled more because of taking a chance and going through recruitment. Seeing my sisters brightens my day and adds more joy to my life. And besides, what girl doesn't love an excuse to get all dolled up and put on her cutest outfit?!

Recruitment is a 11/10 experience – would 100% recommend!

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