I was born in 1993. Each living generation has a name, and I am lucky enough to have been born in the time that would dub me a millennial. According to the Pew Research Center, people born between 1981 and 1997 are considered millennials.
Being a millennial doesn’t bother me, because why should a generational term affect me in any way. I didn’t ask to be born during a specific time, I just was.
For a while now, there has been an ongoing “joke” that basically bashes everything about the people who are considered millennials. According to everyone on the Internet it seems, millennials are entitled, lazy, disloyal and uneducated; and that’s just naming a few. I have even seen some people go as far as to say that millenials are the reason for a majority of the problems in the world.
I think this last statement is my favorite thing that is said about millenials because that has to absolutely be true. That is definitely sarcasm, if you couldn’t tell. I may be biased, considering I myself am a millennial, but I don’t think the blame can be placed on a generation that is in their 20’s and 30’s. The problems that our nation faces cannot be blamed on one specific generation, either. Our nations problems are a culmination of poor decision making by many, many different people over the years. To blame a single generation is just stupid.
“Millennials are just lazy kids who want everything handed to them.” I would beg to differ. Nearly every single one of my friends is working a full-time job while going to school. Some people, myself included, are working two jobs to pay bills and student loans. The price of education has gone up drastically over the years, and that has caused more people to be in debt after furthering their education. Sure, there are some people who fall into the millennial group that are lazy, but there are lazy people in every generation so to lump the whole generation into one isn’t really fair.
“Millennials are uneducated.” This one is funny because according to a Pew Research study, millennials are on track to become the most educated generation in history. Our generation was lucky enough to have grown up with the Internet. We have an endless amount of resources at our fingertips. Some people think that is dangerous, but I think it is awesome. If I have a question, or I want to know a fact about a place, I take out my phone and can immediately find information about the subject. Our generation was told we had to go to college to get a good job, and because of that we have a generation who enters the workforce in debt hoping to find a full-time job. We may be in debt, but hey, at least we have degrees.
I know many people won’t agree with me, and it may seem like I am just being a whiny millennial telling people to quit picking on our generation, but really I am just trying to make people understand that there are some pretty awesome young people out here trying to make a difference.
According to the Huffington Post, 61 percent of millenials are worried about the state of the world and feel like it’s their personal responsibility to make a change.
The United States Chamber of Commerce says that this generation is more tolerant of different races than other generations.
According to a study done by Walden University and Halden Interactive, 81 percent of millennials have donated money, goods or services.
I am proud of my generation. We may have grown up in a time where our parents thought it was a good idea to hand out participation trophies, but I think that made us better individuals. We may “get offended” by everything, but I think that just means we are recognizing that some things should not be said or done.
I’m a millennial and honestly, I’m proud of my generation and I can’t wait to see the impact we leave on the world. Hopefully we’ll leave the world better than it was when we came in.
This originally appeared in The Ruston Daily Leader