Pursuing Professionalism as a Millennial: Why I Have Two Facebook Accounts

When the Millennial Generation makes headlines, the articles tell all about our disdain for organized religion, our political independence, and our dismal unemployment rates. Most thinkers paint us as coddled and self-absorbed: people “who were never spanked and received trophies for participating,” as the popular Internet quote reads. Some  would-be allies claim Millennials were raised to believe college degrees would lead directly to stable and highly-paid careers, and that this ingrained philosophy has turned an entire generation into a cohort of insolent moochers. Professionalism, then, is not something for which my generation is known, and any mention of Millennials’ positive qualities is difficult to come by. Continue reading

Confession: Goodreads Intimidates Me (But I’m Getting Over It)

Several years ago, back when I was paging at the county library HQ, a friend recommended I give Goodreads a try. The way I remember it, she described the site as a great hub for readers to connect with each other and with their favorite authors. For someone who once cried when she missed the chance to have John Green autograph her copy of Looking for Alaska, it sounded like the greatest thing ever; I’m fairly certain I heard chamber music and saw a nimbus unfold behind her head as she talked. Continue reading