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What comes to mind when you hear the word millennial? Are you enthusiastic about unraveling the mystery of this generation with immense buying power? Or do you roll your eyes at the overuse of the buzzword and all its negative labels? First, let's break down any millennial stereotypes you haven't heard, in the event that you've either been living under a rock or avoiding the dinner table at holidays. The common unfavorable concepts associated with millennials are that we are entitled, lazy, privileged, naive, and overly dependent on parents. I'm not here to shout from the rooftops that we've been given a bad rap while Snapchatting a selfi e and ordering vegan food for delivery from an app, but instead to discuss my viewpoint as a millennial about these stereotypes. WHAT'S HAPPENED IN THE MILLENNIAL'S LIFETIME? Let's start off and talk about what has happened in the duration of millennial lives thus far so you can put yourself in our Uggs (just kidding, Uggs are out). A millennial is anyone born between 1980–2000, so at this point in 2018, that would be anyone ages 18–38. We are a group as vast as the array of apps on our glowing smartphones, with charity in our hearts and sweat on our brows—at least according to the articles I read before writing this piece. Within the millennial lifetime, we have seen the attacks on the World Trade Center, the fi rst African-American president of the United States, the economic collapse, the advancement of technology and social media, and the Iraq war (the second one). I'm sure every member of every generation who lived through great wars, great depressions, or great change feels as I do—that the world has changed immensely in a short time. 60 m a s s a g e & b o d y w o r k j a n u a r y / f e b r u a r y 2 0 1 8 A MILLENNIAL'S PERSPECTIVE … and How It Relates to You By Tara Doyle

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