Wednesday, December 9, 2009

Generation Y

In a recent meeting with about ten of my peers, we were told by a potential employer that our generation seems to display an attitude of ownership and self righteousness. We seem to just expect things to be handed to us without hard work. Hmmmm....really? Well, if you are like me, you have come out of college with a mountain of student loan debt, no health insurance, 10% unemployment, and a future bright with increased taxes to pay off the national debt. So, if I do indeed have an attitude of ownership and self righteousness, I guess I haven't been using it correctly.... To be blunt: I think that our generation is being used and abused. We went to the polls in record numbers and were one of the largest supporting groups of Obama. Yet not much is being done to help us out. Do I feel that we are OWED help and that we deserve it without working hard? No. I could list several things that I wish my generation was doing to help the nation and the world. I guess the point of this sarcastic rant of a blog post is that we, as a generational unit need to take some action. FIRST: manage your money wisely. I really like to use, its a website that helps you keep track of all your accounts, and provides you with budgeting tools customized to your lifestyle. Secondly, educate yourself about what is happening to our generation and how its different from the opportunities and perks that were available to previous generations. I would highly recommend reading "Generation Debt" by Anya Kamenetz. She came and spoke at Central Michigan University while I was an undergrad there. She is extremely smart and an asset to our generation. Lastly, please find out who your senators and congressmen are. Call them, email them. I'm not going to tell you what to ask for ....actually yes I am: lower taxes, better financial aid, more job opportunities, health insurance. That's what I want for Christmas.