Meeting new people and making lifelong friends. Furthering our education. Finding new interests to take on//clubs to take a part of. Finding ourselves. The list is goes on and on for why we love going off to school, but there’s more to it than that.
Why do we love college and our generation? Are we really that different than all of the others who went to school before us? Right now, we’re all a part of something much bigger than ourselves and we might not even realize it.
We’re a part of a generation that’s more innovative than it’s ever been before, taking ideas like THINK and making them come alive [s/o to Mariel!]. Without making that *big leap* that we did coming to college, a lot of us would never have found THINK and it never would’ve changed our lives as much as it has. Our constant support for one another to think positively, our discipline to keep on track and attain goals, our beauty inside and out… where else can you find an organization like that?
We’re a part of a generation that’s more focused on their health and well-being than they’ve ever been. Colleges everywhere are being nominated left and right as some of the healthiest//fittest schools in. the. nation. That’s all thanks to people like us taking the time to make a difference in our universities, for ourselves and for the future.
We’re a part of a generation that’s negatively considered technology-driven. As guilty as we can be of getting caught up in our own agenda sometimes, we’re even more guilty of being passionate and using that passion to create innovative ideas out of opportunities that previous generations never had to make a real difference in the world. We use that technology and our open minds and RUN with it.
We’re a part of a generation that’s absolutely selfless in every positive way there is, but often gets a bad reputation for being *selfish*. From Penn State’s Dance MaraTHON—the largest student-run philanthropy in the world—to BuckeyeTHON to TerpTHON and every single other cause close to our hearts, there is not one person who can say what our generation has achieved for these causes isn’t absolutely amazing. There are so many people who say that students in college are going through the most selfish time in their life, but with causes like these -- I beg to differ. Whether it’s benefiting pediatric cancer or people suffering from mental illness or fundraisers for the homeless, it’s people just like us who are the change we want to see in the world. We’re doing it.
We’re a part of a generation that’s more casual and desensitized to the world around us -- we haven’t seen it all, but we’ve seen and done plenty. We’re a part of a generation that wants more and to do better and BE better than we’ve ever been before. “Settle” isn’t a word that can be found in our vocabulary.
What I’m trying to say here is we are part of a generation to be proud of. It’s hard to keep in mind when we’re so caught up in the middle of it all what we’re trying to accomplish for ourselves and what we already have. If you’re reading this, you’ve come a long way through your own journey and there is nothing to be more in awe of than that.