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Can You STOP Calling Us “Millenials”? Thanks.

By February 4, 2016 0

It’s not that the word itself makes me want to slap my face against this keyboard, it’s the way non-millennials use it.

By non-millennials, I mean baby boomers— the ones who coined the term.

Us “millennials” aren’t even the ones using that word to explain ourselves; it’s the older generation who looks at us from the outside.

The word ‘millennial’ has come to be stigmatized as a young person that is self-entitled and lazy. Basically said, someone who waits for things to come to them.

I have one word to say about that social stigma: Bullshit.

I think the real problem lies with the baby boomers (and others) that just won’t take us seriously. We want to become a bigger part of society. We want to help. We want to do extraordinary things. But we can’t because we don’t get the chance. I would need about 50 fingers to tell you all the number of times I was rejected from interning, working, or just being involved with something just because I was too young. I willingly wanted to put in the work, but wasn’t allowed because I wasn’t taken seriously. The number corresponding to my age didn’t allow me to be considered “enough” of an adult, even though every country in the world considers me as such by 18. I’m allowed to handle a firearm, but I’m not mature enough to be an intern? Give me a break.

I can’t say for certain that every millennial isn’t lazy, but considering my university had a record number of applicants this year, I can say that the majority of us care… a lot. In fact, this year the application process was the hardest it has ever been. With ACT scores expected to be in the 30s and GPAs soaring past the typical 4.0 just to get into some state schools, it wasn’t easy to go to a good college. So for the baby boomers claiming that we’re lazy, check out some statistics.

On top of that, also consider the life of a typical millennial once his or her four years of college are done. The job pool has become more limited with millions of millennials becoming more competitive- AKA each millennial has to work harder just to find a job.

Think about Senator Bernie Sanders. Last year he was virtually nonexistent. Now? He is challenging the women many thought would forsure be the democrat candidate. How did he do this? One word- Millennials. We found a man that spoke for and to us and made us feel important. We latched on to his more liberal views and decided that his change was the change that we wanted. Through campaigning, social media and just word of mouth Bernie Sanders may be our next president because we young people fought, and fought hard, for him.

The most frustrating part of this argument is that some blame the Internet for this laziness. When in reality, the Internet is sometimes the only place where we can be taken seriously. On the Internet, we can research and ask questions and be involved in discussions without being ridiculed for being 18. We can make social media accounts to share our opinions, read articles, make blogs, and find work. Through this sharing on the Internet, millennials work with other millennials and we learn from each other and become even more competitive for the real world that is constantly tearing us down.

Also let’s consider the fact that we are two DIFFERENT generations, with DIFFERENT interests, DIFFERENT talents, and most importantly DIFFERENT styles of life. Judging us for living the only life we know isn’t only unfair, it’s plain stupid. You, baby boomer, still do things the way you grew up doing them and we don’t judge you, so why are we being judged for handling things the best way we know how?

I vow to be the millennial that works hard to prove the older generations wrong. It’s not right that we are only taken seriously once we hit some middle age, because as the years go on, I do believe the excitement and thirst for life starts to dwindle. We want to experience it, and by not taking us seriously, the baby boomers are creating a life of suppressed talent and creativity. I don’t know about you, but that doesn’t sound like a life I, a millennial, wants to live in.