Perhaps I surround myself with people who care about making a difference and other human beings, but I truly believe that my generation, Y or Millennials, wants to improve their community and strive to make the world a better place. The biggest struggle that recent undergraduates face is finding the happy medium between living the dream aka doing what you think will make the most impact and facing reality aka loans, bills, etc.
Part of our idealistic youth is that a majority of people who’ve received a higher education have been sheltered from the harsh realities of life. We’ve been taught our entire lives that we can achieve anything we set our mind to and if you put enough effort in, then you will get there. Education is a luxury, and as a result, most students live in a bubble because very few students are also working.
One of the values our American society prides itself in is capitalism. Thus, every socially responsible citizen needs to be contributing in order for an efficient and successful society. However, my generation is so ambitious that our target is everyone on the planet!
Oh how selfless (or stupid as my parent would say) of us! Part of the reason why we are so adamant about making a difference/change is because we have greater accessibility to alternatives and other situations in the world. Because of technology, we can fly to the other hemisphere in less than one day or instantly video call someone that we previously didn’t have access to. Our increasingly technological advancements are showing us that we are indeed all connected. As well-educated people, we now feel a greater sense of responsibility towards humanity. Or perhaps we’re addicted to the dopamine we receive from helping others?