i am not a special snowflake

The company I am interning for recently held an online conference on how to manage and interact with millennials (defined as persons born between the 1980s and early 2000s) in the work place.  The conference highlighted  many commonly perceived qualities found in millennials, such as laziness and self-entitlement.

As a millennial, I found this extremely distasteful.

Although there are obviously exceptions, I have found my college peers to be extremely hardworking.  We exceed academically, volunteer, and somehow find time to pursue our non-academic interests.  We’re in touch with the outside world, and are constantly learning and working via the internet.  We are driven.

Now, I realize that I may be overgeneralizing; the population of young adults that I consistently interact with at my private school may or may not be an accurate representation of America’s typical adolescents.

But what I am saying is this: the upcoming American workforce is about to undergo a revolution.  My generation brings with it an extraordinary amount of creativity, and a never before seen work and lifestyle integration.  We are the most diverse generation thus far, and we will bring about some hardcore change.

Baby Boomers and members of Generation X may grumble about our smart phones and seemingly illogical work schedule, but by doing so, they prove their lack of foresight, and underestimate our potential.

With that, I’ll leave you with some fab videos.  Check ’em out.

Millennial Stereotypes:

Why Millennials Matter:

Millennial Response to Baby Boomers:

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july goals

It’s July already.  How did that happen? I feel like I was just taking my finals last week.  Holy crap.

Whenever I thought about summer break during the school year, it sounded like an unbelievably vast amount of free time.  “I’m going to be so productive, I thought to myself, I’m going to hike the Appalachian trail, become fluent in Spanish, and do my laundry”.  Unfortunately, that has not been the case.

Therefore, I’m going to publicly shame myself into being productive, by posting the list below.  Humiliation!  Yay!

1) Get in shape for Pete’s sake

I have been hugely lazy this summer.  Sort of.  I sometimes manage to get myself to the gym once or twice a week, but I really need to get my butt in gear.  Going back to taking technique classes and having daily rehearsals will not go well if I don’t build my endurance back up.  (Side note: who the heck is Pete?)

2) Read more

I mean, I have been reading.  But 98.7% has been nonfiction…  I need to expose my brain to some novels, before I become a swirling black hole of facts, completely devoid of Soul and Personality.

3) Do a lil traveling

Recently, my brother and I bought backpacking equipment.  We’ve been meaning to go on a couple of weekend trips, but the moment we have time– BOOM, rain.  As in apocalyptic, globby, Noah-and-the-Ark rain. (Yuck).   My bestfriend and I have also thrown around the idea of going on vacation together, but we have yet to solidify any actual plans.

4) Explore downtown

I only have one month left of this internship, and I haven’t gone downtown since May.  Which is really sad, considering how many unique restaurants and shops are located near the company.  Luckily, I have a coworker who feels similarly– we’re both going to vow to go out once a week, until our last day.

5) Become proficient at eyeshadow

Because there is a fine line between looking dead, and looking like a clown– and that is one line that I have (unintentionally) crossed many times.

Finger crossed for a productive month!

Tress