I have noticed that our generation has been deemed “spoiled” by more and more older generations and this is very alarming. If I can pinpoint one value that has led me to the success I have had in life thus far it is that of independence. I believe that all of us can truly benefit from taking greater strides of independence and better applying a “do it yourself” attitude.
Don’t get me wrong, I’m not saying that we should completely break free of our parents as this would not be beneficial. However, I am saying that we, our generation in particular, would absolutely benefit from fending for ourselves. I am a firm believer that this type of attitude leads to overall success in life as well as teaching life lessons. I have made it a habit since the closing years of high school to not relay on my parents for simple amenities such as cash but also scheduling housing, contacting administration, acquiring jobs/internships, etc.
Overall, I would like our generation to have a serious makeover in terms of trying to break free from our parentals or authority figure and take the initiative to do things on our own. This sort of attitude will work to benefit our generation and generations to come as a work hard attitude of the 1950’s can be reinstated and erase the notions of a spoiled generation.
The video posted above outlines the debate for lowering the drinking age in the US from 21 to 18. College campuses are rampant with students drinking illegally – and all are at risk. The number of alcohol related deaths has increased in recent years, and we have seen a crackdown on campuses regarding student safety. Even on Bucknell, fraternities have been kicked off and put on probation because of drinking violations, among other things. Stringent guidelines have been put in place at Bucknell to “register” parties, and yet these rules have backfired, as students have destroyed the downtown area known to Lewisburg locals as the “ghetto.”
Lowering the drinking age to 18 would make the act of drinking less of a taboo action for young people and allow them to be more knowledgeable about alcohol and its consequences by the time students left for college. More experience and more acceptance of it at home would result in an increased knowledge about the dangers of alcohol. There are certain drawbacks to the law, but the benefits far outweigh the costs as college campuses would be safer with more students understanding how to safely consume alcohol at a younger age. Money would not be wasted on town/campus police patrolling students’ homes for parties and illegal drinking. The current law of having to be 21 to drink is not effective, as we see those younger than 21 drink extremely frequently. College wouldn’t be thought as a place to go to drink because many would be able to legally drink before attending. A person can vote, sit on a jury, and go to war for their country at the age of 18. Why can’t they have a beer?
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What (interest) or Who (person) Inspires You?
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