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The North Wind is an independent student publication serving the Northern Michigan University community. It is partially funded by the Student Activity Fee. The North Wind digital paper is published daily during the fall and winter semesters except on university holidays and during exam weeks. The North Wind Board of Directors is composed of representatives of the student body, faculty, administration and area media.

Students protest against Israel-Hamas war with campus encampment
Students protest against Israel-Hamas war with campus encampment
Dallas WiertellaApril 30, 2024

Editorial: In defense of a generation

Comic Credit: Dorsey Sprouls

Our generation thrives on the unlimited knowledge and resources we have available. From the Web, mass media, countless articles, videos and forums available to us, we can use these sources for anything from fixing a lawn mower to cutting hair. We can be wine connoisseurs without even asking anyone how. Just Google it!

We grew up with an innocent sense of entitlement. With the ushering in of the iPhone age and Internet, everything became easy. We, before we were young adults, had more experience with technology than generations before us.

The world is moving forward, and we’re quickly matching pace with it, smart phone in hand.

With all of the technological advances, our generation, the millennials, which Merriam-Webster defines as anyone born in the ’80s or ’90s, has been characterized as lazy and over-privileged.

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Millennials are often mocked as “Starbucks baristas with Ivy League educations.”

We disagree. We believe the generations before us should not underestimate the power of the millennial.

We are a large and motivated generation flooding the workforce. Yes, we are the generation of #hashtags and, embarrassingly, twerking. But that doesn’t define us.

In a research review by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce of Foundation, millennials aged 13-32 are listed as the most diverse generation, redefiners of multitasking, strong students, being open to gender equality and having the ability to carry a sense of self.

The article discusses the generations in comparison to one another.

“If each generation has a personality, you may say that the baby boomer is the idealist, shaped by Woodstock, JFK, RFK and MLK. Generation X is the skeptical independent, shaped by latchkeys, Watergate and the PC. Generation Y is the connected, diverse collaborator, shaped by 9/11, texting and the recession.”

Generation Y, or the millennials. That’s us.

So we challenge our future employers and the generations before us. Give us the problems you haven’t yet solved, and we will show you what we can bring to the table. We promise, we will not disappoint.

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