Modeled after public radio's "This I Believe" series, Sewickley Academy seniors share what they believe in as the final project of their Senior Seminar course.
"Here's to the Dreamers" by David
David goes by the nickname “D” and has attended Sewickley Academy since the sixth grade. David has been on Student Council for two years, served as co-president for the Tanzania Club, and was a member of the 2013-14 boys' PIAA “A” soccer state champion team. He's been a member of the soccer team all four years of high school and plans to play on a club team in college. He enjoys books, photography, movies, and friends. Next year, he will attend George Washington University in Washington D.C., where he will be a member of the Elliott School of International Affairs. David hopes to study either international law or international affairs.
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Below is the podcast's transcription:
I believe in Millenials. I believe in those who are regarded as lazy, entitled, selfish, and shallow. I believe in the generation in which 59% more college students scored higher on a narcissism scale in 2009 than in 1982. At 80 million strong, I believe in this army of young, determined, narcissistic, and technologically-advanced group of individuals. I believe that Millennials are a threat to the former generations, taking out previous establishments to set their own standards and goals. Millenials have grown up in an age dominated by technology, often being criticized by former generations as the “selfish tech-obsessed kids,” when in reality they have only used the resources that have been available to them all their lives. Millenials have the highest likelihood of having unmet expectations with respect to their careers; I believe this is not a problem at all. You cannot tell me that the baby boomers would not have used Facebook, Twitter, Snapchat, Instagram, and more had it been available to them in their youth. Can you imagine the amount of uploads and Facebook statuses there would have been regarding Woodstock?
Millenials know how to brand themselves, through Facebook friends and followers, becoming micro celebrities through their own life experiences. I don’t believe in bringing down a generation simply because of what they were brought up around. This is the culture they were raised in. Here’s to those who embrace change and make it into something they can grasp and own. The Internet has democratized opportunities that so many young people now depend on, if they can use it to their advantage they are simply making the best of what they have.
Millenials have changed the workplace, as companies are willing to adjust not only to their habits but also to their preferred atmospheres. I believe in Millenials because they are able to use their leverage to negotiate better contracts and make institutions better suit themselves. I believe that Millenials are advanced for their time, thinking about every calculated move before they make it, using connections established through social media to advance themselves forward and better their lives.
I believe in those who challenge convention, those who find better ways of getting things done. Here’s to the earnest and optimistic, those who don’t embrace the system but change it for the better. The dreamers; those who aren’t satisfied with the status quo. The young men and women who set the bar so high they may never reach it, but their most definitely going to try. For the challenges that await the 80 million strong, I believe in Millennials to handle them with grace. I am a Millennial, and you can bet I believe in them too.
On my honor, I pledge that I have neither given nor received unauthorized help on this assignment, nor have I presented someone else’s work as my own.