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editor’s note //

elfish, self-entitled and disconnected are three words I’ve heard used to describe our generation. And sometimes, when I survey 20 somethings and under, I wonder if we’ve accepted the stereotype—few seem affected by its truth or implications. We’re too plugged in, yet not informed, too ambitious, yet full of unrealistic expectations and extremely tech-savvy, yet verbally challenged. As a member of Generation Y, these claims— while I know they are not true for everyone—are a bit frightening. In two internships, I’ve interacted with enough business professionals to know that the latter is what a lot of people are saying about our generation. It’s time for a wake-up call; now is our chance to show the world that we are better and capable of accomplishing more than what’s expected of us. We didn’t plan a theme for this issue, but while in full-production mode, I realized that’s what these stories are all about: members of Generation Y who are rising up to face challenges, defy stereotypes and make valuable relationships with their surrounding communities. Instead of spending hours in front of smartphone screens, some students are tackling leadership positions (p. 20), working to change worker’s rights policies (p. 18) or finding a balance between work, life and pleasure (p. 10). They aren’t satisfied with giving or obtaining less than the best; and their efforts are proving our generation can be informed, ambitious, realistic and relational. My hope is that reading these stories inspires you to step out of the virtual world that so often consumes us, to find a way to connect with and impact whatever community you find yourself in. We aren’t entitled to be absent; the world needs and wants us to be present.


lauren hardy EDITOR-IN-CHIEF

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Volume 5 // Issue 1  
Volume 5 // Issue 1  

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