Thanks to blogs, social media, and many other sources of publication, more and more people seem to believe their opinions must be shared with everyone. Millennials grew up engaged in organizations like Rec & Ed sports where participants are awarded a trophy, even if they don’t win anything. As “winners,” they seem to think the world is just waiting for their opinions on…just about everything. But, unless you’re a trustworthy politician, well-known celebrity, or another influential person, your opinions don’t matter as much as you think they do.
In most categories, Ann Arbor is a great place to grow up. Unfortunately, the pattern of sheltering children here is more prevalent today than in the years prior. As a result, when today’s young adults venture into a competitive world, they might get their feelings hurt, might learn that everyone isn’t a winner after all. Some students may not get into their dream schools, even though they have a good GPA and test score.
Over Winter Break I went on a family vacation with 13 members of my extended family. At every meal my cousins enveloped themselves in what seemed like an argument about everything, yet nothing. Opinions were introduced with “I believe that…” In the back of my mind, I couldn’t understand how they felt so entitled to share their “unique” opinions, or why they thought we would care to hear their opinions about anything and everything, over and over.
This arrogant characteristic carries over greatly when discussing colleges and plans for the future. When students are accepted into their respected “elite” institutions, many don’t seem to have an awareness filter. Not everyone sees your prestigious admission as the same trophy that you do.
And the irony is that so many of these students will find in college that lots of people there actually deserved the trophies they won. So good luck, and be humble.