Category: Work

Nostalgia: A Generation’s Coping Method

Nostalgia: A Generation’s Coping Method

The ache for homecoming. That’s the origin of the word nostalgia. And, as we all know, home is where the heart is. So, where are the hearts of my generation? What do we associate with “home?”

The reality is I don’t think we know. We were all born to a transitional period in global history, one that has yet to slow. By the time I was 18, I was longing for the feeling of an old Polaroid camera or my childhood film cameras. For me, photography is a primary way of keeping track of time, and the days of film cameras and going to Eckerd’s to develop the film is one of the last times I felt social stability.

Living in the sentimentality of nostalgia grounds me, and lets me look to the future with less despair, and maybe even outright hope.

Turns out, I’m not the only one. Nostalgia has been cited as a way to combat depression and increase optimism for the future. A bona fide coping method we millennials, and our successors, are ascribing to full throttle. To what do I refer? Let’s break it down.

Read More Read More

Is Language Falling to Bytes?

Is Language Falling to Bytes?

We’ve talked about some of the stereotypes of millennials, and here’s one that should be familiar: new media is making millennials dumb; your generation can’t even write.

There are many articles discussing the damaging effect new media has on our writing abilities and how the generations growing up with text-speak (the type of language used in text-messaging and social media) lack the grammatical finesse of previous generations. Yet, there are studies and more articles that say the exact opposite. Many argue that language education has been declining and that is what has led to the poor writing skills, not text-speak. Others suggest that text-speak is a written form of a spoken language which means that it is not necessarily modifying our language so much as developing a new dialect. What’s the actual story?

Read More Read More

I Got 900 Applications, but an Interview for None

I Got 900 Applications, but an Interview for None

Application number 267 is on its way through the Workday portal, and the phone interviews seem to be going well, but…nothing. Weeks go by and it’s crickets. They tell you they’re interested, then they tell you that they cannot accommodate you during this time. You don’t hear back for weeks on end and when you’ve finally moved on, you get a call months later for an interview.

It’s a complicated relationship ripe with bad communication, pining, and rejection.

Read More Read More

Millennials Are …. Yeah No

Millennials Are …. Yeah No

According to the Pew Research Center, a millennial is someone born between 1981 and 1997. According to many others, a millennial is someone who grew up receiving participation awards and doesn’t know the value of hard work.

Okay, fine, I’ll accept that I’m a millennial. It’s done, but if I am stereotyped one more time I’m going to take that participation award I never got and shove it in someone’s mouth.

Read More Read More