Opinion: Accusations ignore real life for students

Maggie Hines, Features Editor

Many millennials have heard the complaints of other generations about them. They claim the new generation is “lazy”, “unfocused”, perhaps even “the end of society as we know it”. What they forget, is that not too long ago, older generations thought the exact same thing about them.
It is a story as old as time itself. Each generation believes the one to come after them spells doomsday. If these disgruntled elders were correct, the world would have ended a long time ago.
Even so, any 90’s kid can admit that there are members of the group that could stand to put forth a little more effort, but would not allow these few people to define a generation.
In truth, a majority of millennials have taken on more responsibilities than other generations.
There are some college students who are studying to earn a double major and working full time in order to pay their tuition.
Studies show that 80 percent of high school students participate in at least one extracurricular activity if not more.
More than one in four high school students work part-time.
The only noticeable problem with the millennial generation is its complete lack of political efficacy. Millennials have one of the lowest voter turnouts of any generation in American history.
Despite this, many claims made by older generations that millennials “broke the political system” are inherently false. How could a generation that has only been on the political scene for a few years be responsible for the implementation of a corrupt system?
Overall, it seems that the complaints of older generations are one of two things: revenge for the way they were criticized in their youth, or an expression of their own disappointment with the society they created. They are simply looking for someone to blame, and so, following the time-honored tradition, they blame the youth.