Our generation, the millennials, have gotten quite a bit of wrath. We are undeserving of trophies, we are non-committal, we stick our tongues out and take Snapchats with an air of entitlement.
Behind the mask of these seemingly exclusive negative attributes, we revel; a species of positive awesomeness.
To start, some say our trophies may have made us over-confident narcissists. To this I say, thank you worthless trophies. Confidence is a key component that interviewers and clients look for when hiring or buying.
Self-value plays a major role in whether or not you will try to engage in something new. If you have confidence and think you can do it, you'll try. Thanks to supposedly undeserved trophies, we are more open and willing to trying new things. Being an open-minded generation could lead to many positive changes, such as gender equality and increased accessibility.
As for our self-love, it's no news that's that loving yourself is the first step to engaging in a healthy relationship – any best friend or psychologist will tell you that. Loving ourselves first, even if bloated, has helped us become a more loving and accepting generation.
With our technology and industrial influences, our availability to many kinds of people and subcultures has infiltrated us at a young age. Millennials almost lack subculture because there is so much variety and possible interests we can dabble in, allowing us to be the most diverse and unique generation.
This, in turn, facilitates us to find out "who we are" at a younger age. Jersey Shore casting director Doron Ofir noted, "most people never define who they are as a personality type until their 30s. So for people to be defining who they are at the age of 14 is almost a huge evolutionary jump."
Discovering who you are and what you stand for at a young age gives you more opportunities to begin testing out future careers, making a head start for ourselves that no other generation has been able to manifest.
Instead of our given title "entitled," manifestors might be a better word to describe a generation who knows what we want and believe that we should be able to achieve it. "You are what you think," said the Buddha.
It will be through these thoughts of greatness that we will march to success. We will be more innovative and willing to attempt things that previous generations were too scared to do, all because we know what we stand for and that we want it.
I'm not afraid to admit that my goal of traveling the world and teaching English is audacious. But through the affirmation of my friends and family – available via likes, thumbs up and hits on the internet – I will receive encouragement in a way that wasn't possible before our generation began giving social media kudos.
Likewise, my desire to travel around the world is a bold and fearless characteristic of a millennial who is not afraid of our mother Earth. Because we grew up becoming familiar with it, we see ourselves reflected in the millions through just a few clicks on the worldwide web.
My grandparents were shocked and mildly horrified about the idea of me working abroad, but this view is only natural considering the exclusively scary knowledge they have of the world. Our view and knowledge of the world, on the other hand, is only a few clicks away.
Beyond all the reasons millennials rock, the reason that makes me most proud of our generation is that we think positively. The Internet used to be as positive as it was negative, but according to Shane Smith, CEO of Vice Magazine, "Now it's 90-10." We are a group excited about the future, and if you assume you're entitled to greatness, what could you frown about?
A good way to predict the future is to look at the past; we won trophies so we will earn more. We are accepting about the diversity of our planet and are willing to engage with people that are different than us. We are excited about our grandiose possibilities.
According to Time Magazine's Joel Stein, "89 percent of us are confident that we (the millenials) will get what we want out of life."
If that's being cocky, then call me a rooster.
Julie Mrozinski is a junior in English. She can be reached at email@example.com.