Proud Millennial and Member of Generation Y
I am a millennial. The quiz I took online from the Pew Research Center said so (How Millennial Are You?). I got an 83 out of 100 on the quiz, the test assuming I was born after 1981. All jokes aside, I want to do something that has a purpose, that gives back to the community/world, and something that I love to do professionally. It all sounds great and fantastic and completely nuts, but it’s exactly what I see myself doing in the years to come: being happy.
I am very much like these people that you call Millennials: eager to learn, travel, and experience life slightly different from how our parents experienced theirs. However, I have yet to experience independent hardships because I am still financially supported by my family. So I don’t know what it feels to struggle because I can barely make ends meet or pay my bills.
I don’t believe that it is the fault of the millennials for the image they have portrayed because of the economic collapse. Why is it that the generations surrounding us struggle with their own issues, yet have so much harsh criticism? The Pew wrote, “They are more ethnically and racially diverse than older adults. They’re less religious, less likely to have served in the military, and are on track to become the most educated generation in American history” (Millennials: Confident. Connected. Open to Change). This reaffirms what the intentions are for the Millennials progressing through the obstacles they face.
Thompson and The Pew Research Center both used research they found to support what millennials are and what they are doing in our society. I enjoyed both of their articles because of their perspectives they both brought to light; opinions and facts. Thompson, former Grist writer gave her opinion about the very real deficits the millennials have had to endure due to our parents’ generation. Complimenting Thompson, The Pew Research validates the hope for the Millennials and their path to change the world as creative and innovative thinkers and problem solvers. “You could dismiss this as youthful naïveté, but I think it’s also a sign of how our reality has influenced our expectations”( Thompson, Millennial Medium Chill). If I am anything, we are anything, we are the innovative change that world needs.
How Millennial Are You? (n.d.). Retrieved July 11, 2014, from http://www.pewresearch.org/quiz/how-millennial-are-you/
Millennial medium chill: What the screwed generation can teach us about happiness. (n.d.). Retrieved July 10, 2014, from http://grist.org/living/millennial-medium-chill/
Millennials: Confident. Connected. Open to Change. (n.d.). Retrieved July 08, 2014, from http://www.pewsocialtrends.org/2010/02/24/millennials-confident-connected-open-to-change/