To Our Elders, With Hesitant Respect.

How many times have you heard that we are a hopeless generation of good for nothing kids who have everything handed to them and who are going to do nothing positive for the “real world”?  Hundreds?  Yeah, same.  Attention Generation X, Baby Boomers, whatever, read on to be enlightened as to what is really going on in the life of a college senior. 

As students, we are constantly told that these are the best days of our lives.  Time to do whatever we want and just get drunk all the time because we have nothing better to do.  Right.  Newsflash: we’re working our asses off.  Most of us take on a full course load, if not more, on top of multiple jobs and trying desperately to maintain a social life because we’ve been told that it’s all downhill from here.  All the while, we are accumulating massive amounts of debt (which the older generation didn’t have to worry about when they were in college, I might add) and trying to figure out what the hell we’re going to do in 7 months when it is all thrown in our faces.  We’re trying to find time to apply for jobs, only to be told that we can’t get these jobs because these jobs require experience and apparently nowadays you can’t even get experience without having experience…so there’s that. 

While we’re not doing this, we’re in class.  Here, we listen to all of our professors tell us how terrible the economy is (which generation let that happen, by the way?), and how we’re never going to get jobs.  Great.  Just what we want to hear.  Here’s some news for you, professors, we’re trying.  And most of us are trying to get jobs that pay more than yours, but that’s beside point…isn’t your job to TEACH us?  To give us the tools we need to earn these jobs rather than shutting us down and filling us with doubt?  Oh no, that would be pointless because our generation is a failure, I forgot.

Tonight, I had to call 911 because I found a middle aged woman (I’m looking at you, baby boomers) passed out drunk in her car on a busy street.  Who was the responsible one in that situation?

Last weekend, I saw two different 21 year old’s post online that if anyone needed a sober ride home, to call them.  My goodness, how irresponsible of them.  And since they go to UMass Amherst like myself, they must have been drunk when they posted it- right? Right.

I know several people who have graduated in the past couple of years and not one of them is unemployed.  Not one.  In fact, I recently learned of a current UMass senior who just received a job at Google.  GOOGLE!! Can any of you match that?  I have friends traveling to LA to meet with CEO’s of companies bigger than your wildest dreams!!  Not too shabby if you ask me.

The purpose of this is not to bash my elders.  I, like many, have amazing parents and family members who are extremely supportive.  The purpose of this is to express that we are not a generation to be doubted, disregarded, or shut down before we’ve been given a chance.  If you ask me, we’re doing some pretty amazing things.  

One last thing, next time you doubt our generation, remember which generation raised us.

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6 Reasons to not trust those who have never experienced New England in the Fall

Okay. Where do I begin.

1. Easy- the foliage.  There is honestly nothing more beautiful than driving down the street each day and seeing how the trees have gotten even more beautiful than the day before.  There’s something mystical about it…like you never quite get used to the beauty even though you might have lived here your whole life.  And you never really get sick of the endless “omg, fall is my favorite” instagram pictures because you’re totally on the same page.  Wanna see what palm trees look like in the Fall?

Boring!

2. Pumpkins.  By themselves, in beer, coffee, muffins, cupcakes, ice cream, pie, donuts…you name it, we’ve got it pumpkinized (not a word) in New England.  Kinda gross when you think about it but that’s besides the point.

3. Flannels.  They’re the most comfortable things ever and an easy excuse for a girl to dress like a complete slob and still look fashionable.  Sure, you can wear flannels anywhere, but right now in Florida it is 83 degrees.  In LA it is 75.  Sorry, tropical people, no one likes a sweaty flannel!

4. Football.  I know, football is everywhere during the Fall, but it’s just different here.  Anyone can go to a football game in the 80 degree weather and tailgate with their friends, but it takes a special kind of person to layer up and spend 10 bucks on a hot chocolate inside the game because it’s just plain cold once November rolls around.  Hey, they don’t call us the craziest sports fans for nothing.  Even Belichick loves fall, see?

5. Apples. Apple picking, apple pie, apple cider, apple crisp, apple CANDLES!!  Basically just everything having to do with apples and I don’t actually know if they do this in other places but I’m gunna go ahead and say it’s just better here.

6. Boots.  They’re comfortable, they’re cute, and Carrie Underwood wears them so we should too.  Yeah, we’d all love to wear flip flops year round but that would also mean we would have to keep perfect pedicures year round which would suck. And who can afford that anyways?

There really is no other place to experience Fall than New England.  So zip up those boots, throw on your flannels, and go instagram some trees.  Just be careful not to drop your pumpkin coffee in the process.

xoxo,
-E