Millennial Students

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In this article " Welcoming a New Generation to College: The Millennial Students". These authors, Elam, Stratton, and Gibson further discuss that, currently the US population is comprised of five generations; the most recent is the millennial generation and are the majority of college students at this time. Parented by the baby boomers, they have been accustomed to parents being very close and concerned with their well-being. Since the generation has been desensitized by media and technology, they are more receptive to it than previous generations. They are also considered hard working and team oriented, due to the development of social media as a norm in the millennia generation. Dr. Carol Elam, Dr. Terry Stratton and Dr. Denise B. Gibson, further explains how with the uses of interviews, focus groups, and other types of tests, social demographers have identified positive and negative qualities that come from today millennial students. Positive qualities includes: hardworking, engaged in numerous academics, also able to organize and mobilize easily, and able to master the ability to multitask. Negative qualities of millennial student include: being over reliant on communication technology, which may cause problem with student’s interpersonal skill. According to the authors, millennial students were influenced by a unique set of culture. Such as working hard, and having parents that have been supportive and wants the best for them in future. Even with these positive qualities, millennial students also give difficulties to their teachers, counselors and the administrators at high school and college level. An additional influence on the Millennial is parental involvement. Parents of this generation pay very close attention to their children’s academic progress and extracurricular activities. Elam, et al. premise that Millennial pose unique challenges and understanding their characteristics is preparation for educators as these influences can pose...
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