We’ve heard it all. Millennials are lazy and entitled narcissists who take advantage of the opportunities laid out by their predecessors, offer nothing in return, and then complain about it, right?
Millennials are engaged and philanthropic1 and the greatest advancers of technology and advocates for equality and tolerance in history2. As I write this, We Day — an educational event inspiring youth to make local and global change — is trending on Twitter.
Personally, I’m sick of this generational slander. I’m tired of being told that I’m lazy and entitled because I want to live my dreams instead of taking a boring desk job to pay off my $44k of student loans. Yes, that’s right: $44,000. I was raised to shoot for the moon and that’s what I’m going to do.
We may complain, but it’s because we dream big dreams. We may come off as entitled, but it’s because we expect more from the world we’re living in. You may assume that we don’t stand a chance in the real world, but if by ‘real world’ you mean the one you created, then we don’t want a part of it anyway.
Sorry about that.
1 “How HBO’s ‘Girls’ Gets Everything About Millennial Life, Like, So Totally Wrong”
2 “Are Millennials ‘Deluded Narcissists’?”