roma c. 2008…i honestly don’t know where specifically..maybe by the trevi or the pantheon?
why yes, i should be working on my language typology presentation, but this is more interesting at the moment
a lot of people that pop up on my facebook have been posting on the topic of today’s generation – generation Y! and generations thereafter. and how they subsequently deal with their shortcomings – be it making a c- on a test/essay, getting in trouble with the teacher, and so forth. i don’t think kids younger than gen y are part of gen y…i think it’s more ppl in their 20s today. oh hey, that’s me! but point is – they don’t deal with the negative as well as they should! and most of it is attributed to their parents. which does make sense
they make the c- on a test in college (or university, depending on which part of the world you happen to be in), and they call their parents, who then try to set up a conference with the professor. the professor doesn’t respond or decline. hmm…i wonder why -____-
another example: kids are told that they’re in trouble – they cry to the parents, who then want proof as that their kids deserved to be punished & want to know exactly how the event even happened.
another complaint: parents freak out when their children are hurt and want to constantly baby them! no room for failure…
as a member of generation y, and a daughter of a mother who constantly babies me…here’s my explanation of these qualms
1. i had always made As (sometimes Bs) in high school and anything before it. i didn’t know what it was like to fail miserably…up until i got into college. and honestly, i didn’t want my mom to know. i hid it from her. she still does not know to this day that i failed/bombed any of my classes in undergraduate and i plan to keep it that way! i’ll admit it, i was really sad and angry about the grades. i didn’t understand how someone couldn’t see that my work was TOP NOTCH! those were my initial reactions, but then thinking about it later, i realized yeah, i totally deserved it..i was so used to be being baby-ed before that i didn’t get a chance to fall. when i did it hurt, but i learned, and now i’m working super hard to do well in grad school! lesson-learned. i didn’t cry to mommy though because i feared that mommy would’ve beaten me haha
2. i am 25 (turning 26) and still live with my mom. i want to move out, but i’ll admit it, i’ve grown dependent on my mom. she cooks/cleans/takes care of me. and guess what? i’ve lived alone before and LOVED EVERY MINUTE OF IT. what makes me stay with my mom? i’m scared of leaving her alone..=/ not because i’m scared to leave her but because i’m genuinely worried that something will go wrong if she’s left alone. i used to think it was super demeaning of my sister to call my mom her child, but i see it a bit now..sometimes momma needs someone to say NO – STOP IT. my mom does baby me, and she doesn’t leave me room to fall. she til this day wants to give me money to make sure i have enough gas & offers to buy me a new car…(which would be awesome) but she’s also instilled a sense of “you need to learn how to do things on your own” (i don’t think she meant to do this one though) by completely letting me take the reins when it came to my school work…she doesn’t pay for my school (well, except for the rome semester…and a semester of grad school =[ )…she doesn’t understand much english, and my older sister was at work for the most part so during the application process and the financial aid stuff i did it. *shrugs* i figured it was what everyone else did…and research schools? i had no idea parents helped kids with that.
3. instant gratification was another complaint…instant gratification vs delayed gratification…i know that i expect a bit of both…not only do i do instant gratification, but i also do pre-gratification! i watch a drama and tell myself i’d have earned it later because i worked so hard! SO HA CRITICS! what do you have to say about that? i’m kidding, well not about the pre-gratification. but really, the instant gratification is true though. a lot of us do things and we expect something in return RIGHT AT THAT MOMENT. but i’ve learned this the hard way, and through lots of Catholic faith understanding, that you do things for others, and sometimes you aren’t rewarded. but the reward shouldn’t matter. what matters is that you’re setting aside time to do something that should probably more than likely be done. it’s hard to be appreciative of what we have bc in today’s society there’s a lot of “I DESERVE THAT! I WORKED HARD!” “I DESERVE TO BE HAPPY!” have you stopped to think, “hmm, have i done anything to make someone happy?” we’ve just grown selfish, i think =/ and it’s sad to see that happen
4. short attention span…a lot of kids are diagnosed w/ adhd – or add…when did this even come about? if a kid was hyper – a kid was hyper! kids have short attention spans! my attention span is short too, i don’t know how to explain this, but hey, i’ve been writing for quite some time on this. i don’t know, i just think you shouldn’t use adhd as an excuse for not being able to deal with someone’s attention span. and i don’t know, maybe i’m just being mean. so if you find this part offensive, i really am sorry, maybe i’m just misinformed about adhd then..whoops!
okay, back to my assignment. i’ve procrastinated long enough.