Generation Of Slackers

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Within the article "A Generation of Slackers? Not So Much," the author Catherine Rampell, explains how the millennial generation is viewed by older generations and why that view is wrong. The view of millennials according to the article is very negative from older generations. Some authors claim, "They feel entitled and are coddled, disrespectful, narcissistic, and impatient" (Rampell, 2001, pg.1). I feel as if this is a gross exaggeration of the entire generation of millennials. There are several reasons why the view from older generations projected onto millennials is wrong. Some of the reasons they are an outstanding generation include their work ethic, education, and community service.
I believe millennials are viewed negatively; their
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First, the typical grade point average of college students rose from 2.52 in the 1950's to 3.11 by the last decade (Rampell, 2011, pg.2). According to the article college students that worked full time was on the rise until the Great Recession displaced millennials out of work. "44 percent of students today say that work or personal savings helped finance their higher educations, (Rampell, 2011, pg.2). Moreover, this demonstrates that the millennials are eager to work hard and get an education. There is no coddling if they are employed and going to school, as well as getting great grades. In summary, the statistics shown in the article support my feeling that millennials are dedicated students and self-sufficient …show more content…
“Between 1989 and 2006, the share of teenagers who were volunteering doubled, to 26.4 percent from 13.4 percent, according to a report by the Corporation for National and Community Service,” (Rampell,2011, pg.3). The millennials are observed as being conceited, but that’s truly not the case. In my experience millennials give back for several reasons, one being that they truly enjoy making others happy. Another reason would be, they know that volunteering is a good way to improvement life skills. Furthermore, they realize that the best internships are unpaid, so the best way to gain work experience is through free labor. As a final point, I’m proud to be a part of a generation where more than one-fourth considers volunteering a priority.
In conclusion, I can be certain that the millennials are not what they are portrayed. I think that the article gives great facts contesting the negative claims toward the millennial generation. If the facts weren’t enough older generations can trust that, "someday, millennials will have their own new generation of know-it-all ne'er-do-wells to deal with,"(Rampell, 2011, pg.4). To reiterate my stance on millennials they are not only hard working self-sufficient students; they also understand the importance of giving back to their community, and that makes them a great generation in my

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