Since I was born in 1989, it’s safe to say that I am a part of Generation Y, the current generation of people who have graduated from college and are becoming “full-time” adults. We are the generation that’s been different from the previous ones: unable to get a job after college, staying in our parents’ houses for longer periods because we lack the income to pay for our own house, car, groceries, much less our mounds of student loan debt. However, I’m proud to say that I’m part of Generation Y. Here’s a couple of reasons why.
1. We don’t fear technology.
The first computer I remember having in our household was an old tan computer that ran on MS-DOS, and only responded to simple commands. It came with a printer that had the holes on the sides you had to rip off at the perforation. I wrote short, five-year old appropriate stories on that computer and printed each one because I couldn’t save it.
In short, I was introduced to technology when I was pretty young. In my earlier years, I remember learning Microsoft Word because my mom taught me about it while she was taking computer classes at the local community college. Later, when I got my first desktop computer, I learned quickly and just poked at things to find out how they worked.
It amazes me how people my age are not afraid that they are going to “mess up” technology. They experiment, explore, try different things until something works. Or if all else fails, or they have nowhere to start, they Google it. I’ve learned skills that I’m going to need throughout my career such as basic HTML, Internet troubleshooting, the ins and outs of different programs, etc. And how did I learn this? Simply by using the Internet, even outlets like MySpace and LiveJournal, and later WordPress, Twitter, Facebook. I surprise myself that I can take those basics I learned and use them to edit a webpage’s HTML and produce a good product.
2. We are more tolerant, diverse, and are able to see both sides of the situation.
While I know this is not by any means always true, it seems that my generation as a whole tends to fit this dynamic. We are living in a world now that brings this huge space that we call the Earth closer to home, and people who are different are not so scary anymore. Although a lot of this has to do with who raised us and how, we stand up for each others’ rights, whether they be for marriage, women’s rights, or our opportunities we’re supposed to have in America. However, we also try to see both sides of the situation, rather than blindly following one viewpoint, leader, or idea.
My generation is one of the most culturally/ethnically diverse ones to date. We have more mixed race people within our midst (like me!) and 91% of us believe in interracial dating/marriage.
3. We overcome the obstacles in our path.
As I stated earlier, my generation is the one that has been set back as far as financial stability and independence goes. Most of us have had to move back in with our parents after college, often for more than a year. Employers refuse us jobs either for our lack of experience or overabundance of it. We are saddled with student loan debt that we accumulated receiving the education that alluded to soaring careers and success rather than working retail or food service or days spent canvassing our cities in search of a job.
More and more people of us are finding ways around and over these obstacles. We push for what we want, we network, we volunteer, we create new things and new concepts, we start our own businesses, we work more than one part-time job to make ends meet, we freelance. We survive. We make it. And we continue pushing forward toward our goals.
I’m pretty proud of being part of Generation Y. Are you a part of my generation? If so, are you proud?