Shortly before my senior year of high school I decided to change my intended major to Criminal Justice. With a local university offering a decent CJ program, it was a no-brainer to switch from UAH to JSU—saving money, less wear on the Celica, and avoiding dorm life. To this day, I still have the utmost respect for JSU’s CJ staff, but that’s where my love of the institution ends.

When discussing the recent election (I’m so ready for another topic), a JSU employee shared an article about Millennials vs. Baby Boomers as others were discussing the alleged need for safe spaces, coloring books, and exam passes. Honestly, I didn’t read all the article. I skimmed through enough to roll my eyes. It was more of the liberal whining of how Millennials are poor, pitiful things.

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As an employee of JSU, she is obviously not allowed to have a negative opinion about the thousands that contribute to her salary (and needless sports venue renovations). No insults were made, yet [my comments in pink]:

If it makes you feel good to put down others, go ahead [safe space: triggered]. The fact is, millennials have been handed a raw deal. They paid 10 times what you did to put themselves through school [Thank you, JSU, for your constant tuition increases. I don’t give a crap about that fancy stadium or new baseball field… or the PR lady’s salary] and graduated into an economy with no jobs [Sorry to those with their BA in Liberal Studies and bra burning. JSU needs to offer better majors.]. Still, they tend to be more altruistic than older generations [Financial aid refund check anybody?]. I work with them every day and have great hope for the future.

Unfortunately, she retreated to her safe space before I could reply to her comment. Shoot, JSU. Do you employ anybody that doesn’t drink the liberal, let’s-coddle-everybody Kool-Aid?


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