Two Wembley ‘millennial’ achievers

2016-11-30 06:00
Georgia Brown.

Georgia Brown.

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IN American society, the teenage generation and 20- something's are called “Millennials”.

William Strauss and Neil Howe coined this phrase and weren't sure if the term would stick. This term has gained popularity.

This is what we can expect from a Millennial according to Strauss and Howe's theory on labelling each generation according to their common traits.

Older generations will call them overconfident, self-involved, narcissistic and technology obsessed. Millennials will read blogs instead of newspapers. This is the “me” generation, who socialise every hour sending an average of 88 texts a day, living under the constant influence of their friends and are deeply anxious about missing out on something better.

They use acronyms to describe things: FOMO is the "Fear Of Missing Out" and YOLO is "You Only Live Once". Conversations don't happen face to face, they converse through screens - snapchat, Facebook, instagram. Millennials don't respect authority, but they don't rebel against authority either. However, self-obsessed Millennials will change our world. They are about "think, think, think".

They are positive and accepting of difference in people. Their desire is to find new and better ways of doing things. They are pragmatic idealists, who think rather than dream.

Wembley College has two Millennials who know how to think. Georgia Brown and Ross Goble both achieved top Cambridge results in South Africa. Georgia achieved the highest mark in ICT (information communication studies) 93% and Ross achieved the top physical science mark (combination of physical science and chemistry) 95%. We are convinced they are the Millinnials, who are going to change our world for the better. How they react to the challenges facing this geneneration will determine their success.

Our clever Millennials need to make sure they unplug from technology and climb the mountains so they really see the world.

- Louise Yeadon.

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