NBC News Political Director Chuck Todd spoke at Morningside College last Friday with the message that Millennials are changing America.
Todd’s proof that millennials are making a difference is the activism among them with groups such as LGBT and Black Lives Matter. Millennials have also been the source of some judicial reform.
Millennials are also changing the way we look at politics. According to Todd the top three political affiliations for millennials are 1) No party, 2) Democrat, and 3) Republican. Todd noted that this is mainly because of the fact that many millennials have “lost faith in Washington”.
Part of the reasoning is that Washington is a mess and as Todd said, “The best and brightest don’t want to run for office.” He explained that many millennials are instead heading to the private sector for their careers.
Todd compared millennials to those of the depression era in the fact that they are more civic minded, community oriented, and activists than previous generations. These qualities would make them excellent leaders but again, they aren’t going to Washington.
Todd said, that we “can’t fix the mess if we don’t all pitch in. He encouraged millennials in the room to go for office. Hopefully his message got through.
There are plenty of ways to spend free time in college but some students believe the most productive is to work.
Morningside students are lucky to have the opportunity to work a variety of jobs on campus. These jobs can be anything from making phone calls to managing equipment for a department or even working at the campus coffee shop, the Spoonholder.
But off campus jobs can be a little harder to find since companies aren’t specifically looking for students to fill these positions. There are jobs available though. Places like McDonalds and Dairy Queen are almost always hiring while other companies such as Target or FedEx hire seasonal help during the holidays for those aren’t looking for a year long commitment.
Joining the workforce early can be beneficial for students. Joining the workforce gives a person the real life experience and skills a lot of potential employers look for. Some of these key skills are communication, interpersonal skills, problem solving, reliability, and teamwork.
Tom Schoenecker of Odds & Ends Handyman, LLC has had some issues hiring people recently. He gives people a chance to work with him but he has found that the last couple of people he hired have been unreliable and as a result he hasn’t kept them on his crew. He has also had issues with employees being able to solve problems on their own has made him reluctant to have them continue to work for him.
These skills can be attained from even the simplest of jobs. Take a Dairy Queen employee for example. They must interact with the customers then relay that information to the other employees. Then the employees work together to complete an order efficiently for the customer. If anything goes wrong they must react quickly and move past the problem.
These basic skills are exactly what the next employer for that Dairy Queen employee might be looking for. The longer that employee is there will also help them get hired for their next job.
One example is Bradley Davis, a junior at Morningside College, who recently quit his job at Pizza Ranch and has taken a job at FedEx Ground where he will start on October 23rd. Davis is looking forward to a new job that not only pays better but also provides tuition reimbursement for college students.
So while finding a job might seem like a waste of time while you’re working on your studies one must remember that even an ordinary job can be a learning experience.
“This is not a solo venture.” Stuart Scott was awarded the Jimmy V Perseverance Award at the 2014 Espys. His loudest message throughout his acceptance speech was that fighting cancer is something you don’t fight alone.
Scott suffers from cancer and one thing he’s learned is that no matter how bad it gets there will always be someone there for him. From his family to his boss at work, everyone is there to support him in his fight against cancer. He told stories of how people have been there for him.
Scott’s most personal story was of the week before the Espys. He was in the hospital and had to endure four surgeries and by the end of it, he didn’t even know if he would be at the awards show. But throughout all of it he had family and friends beside him. His girlfriend spent every night on a cot while he was in the hospital in order to help him fight through it.
The support of his family means everything to Scott. They are his reason for continuing to fight. Scott’s fight will continue but he says, “I can never give up because I can’t leave my daughters.”