by Grace McLain, Resident Millennial
As a member of the current twenty-something generation, I occasionally find myself a bit overwhelmed. It seems as though everyone is analyzing us, speculating on our futures, and either telling us that we’re narcissistic and lazy, or that we’re the best generation America has ever seen.
Google “millennial” and thousands of articles pop up, such as “Are Millennials the Screwed Generation?”, “Does Marriage Make Sense for Millennials?”, “Do Millennials Stand a Chance in the Real World?” (These are only the first three results of 2 million).
Personally, I find the notion of characterizing millions of people who happen to have been born within the same general time frame pretty ridiculous. The many individuals I know from my generation are just that – individuals, unique and different, with varied attitudes on life, a wide range of struggles, and divergent paths for the future.
While we are all different, we still have something in common. No, not narcissism, addiction to technology, or hatred for tradition, as some of those articles like to claim. What we have in common is that we are all trying to navigate the professional world, find jobs, and establish careers in an environment that is less than ideal.
So while I will never pretend to claim to speak for my generation or articulate the struggles felt by everyone in my age range, I know what is going on with my small sphere of millennials – myself, my friends, and my college classmates. In this column I will share stories from the lives of these people, particularly my fellow millennial women, in order to provide a glimpse into this generation. I hope that I might also provide a bit of advice for those in the same boat as me.