I'm going to attach a document to this post and it is something I submitted to the NY Times Modern Love Essay Contest. After my high school drama teacher, advisor, and dear friend sent me this opportunity, I couldn't pass it up. Within an hour I had approximately 1700 words written and submitted it to the contest. If that isn't typical of me, I don't know what is...
The essay is titled, "College Is for the Faint-Hearted" and you can read it by clicking here.
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I'm really proud of it. The title seems a little hypocritical if you know me and have been keeping up with my reflections on my college experience; most of my posts are about how difficult the transition has been for me and how much mental strength I've had to build up as a result of entering college. But it signifies the hookup culture, and the essay is about how I've always felt out of place in love, and especially in the college atmosphere.
Another important point I bring up is that my generation has been raised to think that we are all special and unique; it's why everyone is so fascinated with sharing their opinions and having a presence on social media. Many will say that we are egotistical or entitled, and where that may be true in some aspects, I think there's beauty in how we (to some extent) want to share ourselves with the world, connect with people, and value diversity.
Yet, with all of this capacity for complexity, depth, and meaningful connections, sometimes the message our parents were trying to teach us gets lost in the chaos of growing up. I feel like we have so much potential as a generation, but sometimes we limit ourselves to false confidence through Instagram, meaningless interactions while staring at our phones, and instant gratification with the click of a button or through sex with a stranger.
Some of this is just a part of growing up, for any individual in any time period, but I also think a lot of it is circumstantial and due to having the world literally at our fingertips.
My essay is about a lot of things; personal encounters with love and relationships, my feeling out of place in college culture... but I also address a lot of what I wrote above. So here is my two cents for the day and I hope you take the time to read my essay and give me your thoughts.
I also strongly encourage you to enter the NY Times Modern Love Essay Contest if that interests you (Submission Deadline: March 19, 2017 at 11:59 p.m. EST), and also please watch this video that touches on a lot of the same things I brought up about millennials: Simon Sinek on Millennials in the Workplace. Trust me it will convince you to put the phone down and go outside for a bit...
Hope you enjoyed my food for thought :)
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