‘Millennial’ shouldn’t be a dirty word
Howdy, Burleson. Let’s talk about something that has been on my mind for quite some time. Millennials.
I know, yuck. Those darn millennials. They are so self-centered, overly worried about their looks, over-educated, pampered, entitled, spoiled, lazy, wouldn’t know a hard day’s work if it looked them in the eye, blah, blah, blah.
I call bull. I’m tired of millennials getting a bad rap. Being a millennial, I disagree with a lot of what I hear from the older, “wiser” generation. Here’s why; millennials aren’t that different from the generations before us. Millennials are scrappy. In a time where wages have not grown much, millennial women earn just 89 cents for every dollar a man earns (fortune.com).
Moreover, going to college was pounded into our heads ever since we were wee tots in elementary school. I understand why, too. Our parents and educators wanted us to have a better life and they thought a college education was the key to that. Most of my friends did receive bachelor and master’s degrees.
However, now those friends are burdened by huge amounts of student loan debt. I was lucky, in some ways. While it did take me seven years to get my degree, (I was a super, super, super senior, my grandfather would joke), I alternated school with work and graduated with very little debt.
Moreover, I agree that school districts need to bring back programs such as metal and wood-working shop. My half-sister is learning how to weld and currently has a job building theater sets. She supposedly makes very good money doing this, too.
My generation hasn’t gone “soft,” they are police officers, firefighters, nurses, doctors, scientists, military service members, police and EMT dispatchers. One of my very good friends is a horse trainer. She works just about harder than anyone I know, from sun-up to sun-down.
Millennials also give back quite a bit. According to a study by the Achieve research group, aptly named the Millennial Impact Report, found that 84 percent of millennials had made a charitable donation of some amount in 2014. My husband and I give back to our church, both monetarily and through time given. We attend the weekly agape meal and serve as table hosts when we have time.
I could go on and on about this topic, however, I could write a book on the subject so I’ll stop while I’m ahead. So next time you start bashing a millennial, think about this down to the core: are we really all that different from you?
Bethann Coldiron is the editor of the Burleson Star and a millennial. She got her nickname, “coldheart,” from a journalism professor in college after interviewing a politician and asking tough questions. She is, though, a very nice person. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or 817-295-0486.