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We want it all. Now.


Growing up in a culture where even homework marked with red Xs could still get a sticker has lifelong negtjndc5-5m0y1efp6nbhx1xvewd_layout.jpgative effects, according a new book previewed in The Wall Street Journal called  “The Trophy Kids Grow Up: How the Millennial Generation Is Shaking Up the Workplace.”

At first, it would seem writer Ron Alsop is clinging to the last socially acceptable form of ageism when he makes his argument that those age 27 and under are essentially big brats. But I couldn’t help but kind of agree.

Doting parents who have shielded their kids from disappointment and failure have created a generation of new workers who see their careers through rose-colored glasses. And when things are not as great as they had hoped, they jump ship.

I know lotsa 20-somethings still floundering years after earning their degrees, unable to make a decision about what they want to do with their lives for fear that it won’t be ideal. Suddenly a job, which for most of us is an absolute necessity, is treated like the luxury of shopping around for a mate. Grouchy boss and low pay? Next please.

Maybe we need to grin and bear it.

Posted by Theresa Juva-Brown on Thursday, October 30th, 2008 at 12:29 pm |

What do 20-somethings want from the new Presidential Administration?


A recent survey found that the economy, energy crisis and healthcare reform are some of the most pressing issues for Gen Y voters in the 2008 presidential election.

Experience.com, the nation’s largest career site for recruiting talented young alumni and college graduates, polled 12,900 undergraduate and graduate students, as well as young professionals.

Survey participants cited the following as the most important issues for the next Presidential Administration: Economic stimulation (58%), Energy crisis (50%), Foreign policy (39%), Healthcare reform (39%), Education reform (37%), Unemployment (35%), Global warming/climate concerns (34%) and Social issues (26%).

Approximately 77% of young voters said entry-level job creation was a factor in how they will cast their vote.

Posted by Stacy A. Anderson on Thursday, October 30th, 2008 at 12:01 pm |
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Generation apathetic? Nope.


The omnipresent iPod earbuds may be misleading, but 20-somethings know what’s up. For the first time in history voter turn-tjndc5-5mbs7ky464jz9slw6vk_layout.jpgout among those 30 and under is expected to improve for three consecutive election cycles, according to the Huffington Post.

 Perhaps it’s because we’re freaking out about the world we and our children will inherit: the worst economy in decades, soaring healthcare and education costs, and let’s not forget about the death of polar bears.

Gen Y is turning that anxiety into action, bolstered by new technology that has made young folks more connected to information and each other than ever before.

Go us.

(AP Photo/Jae Hong)

Posted by Theresa Juva-Brown on Thursday, October 30th, 2008 at 10:55 am |
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Ending my three year relationship


The Beatles will now join the song catalog for Rock Band 2 thanks to a sweet deal that is expected to be announced later today by MTV Games.tjndc5-5b5s4fs8yddss6a7ezi_original.jpg

With that said, Guitar Hero, I think it’s time you and I start seeing other people. We’ve been together for over three years and I don’t know how much more I can take.

I mean, in the beginning of our relationship, it was great. I smile thinking about all the good times we had jamming to songs like “Carry on My Wayward Son” by Kansas and “Iron Man” by Black Sabbath.

But where did our relationship go after that? All those nights, I kept asking you that but you kept ignoring me because you were too afraid to take our relationship to the next level.

You kept saying, “Aman, I’ll change. I promise I’ll add 4-player support and an extensive song catalog.”

And now you finally did with Guitar Hero World Tour. But it doesn’t feel like the same Guitar Hero that I fell in love with three years ago. You even tried to make me forget about all the hurt you did to me by adding a music creation studio, like I’m some kind of cheap whore you can win over with stupid features.

Sometimes I look at you now and I feel like I don’t even know you any more.

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Posted by Aman Ali on Thursday, October 30th, 2008 at 9:02 am |
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Fashion Sense: ChristinaSimone



Adrienne Yancy and Johanna Alwin, both 20-somethings and recent college graduates, are set to take the fashion world by storm with their new clothing line, ChristinaSimone.

The friends since the 4th grade created the fashion line after realizing they had similar fashion dreams and goals while vacationing together in the Bahamas last summer.

ChristinaSimone, which is a combination of their middle names, is a smooth blend of both women’s different styles.

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Posted by Stacy A. Anderson on Tuesday, October 28th, 2008 at 12:38 pm |
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Moving sucks


After months of laziness deliberation, I finally signed the papers on a new apartment in Manhattan last week.tjndc5-5f3vm5rqay91h7rvs29u_original.jpg

Why? Because living in Larchmont was about as fun as playing two-square with a registered sex offender.
Anywho, I had found this NYC place months ago but didn’t really understand until now why it took me so long to sign a lease.

In 2007, I moved from Akron, OH to Washington DC to Alexandria, VA to Larchmont, NY. I lived in four places in one year.

Since 2003, I’ve moved to nine different apartments and each move has been about as enjoyable as sticking my foot into a rusty wood chipper.

But now, I consider myself an expert on moving you fellow hipsters are considering packing up shop too.

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Posted by Aman Ali on Monday, October 27th, 2008 at 10:00 am |


Breast cancer in your 20s.


A few months ago, I went to my doctor and asked for a mammogram. Cancer is always on my mind. My father died of colon cancer

last year and my aunt was diagnosed with breast cancer three years ago at age 35.

When I asked my doctor for a mammogram, he told me that I should only be concerned about breast cancer if my mother or sister was diagnosed. He also said that I was too young to undergo the radiation of the mammogram because it will increase my chances of developing other cancers later.

Even though it is rare for women in their 20s to develop breast cancer, it does in fact happen.

Christine Greally, 37, was diagnosed with breast cancer and had a mastectomy at 29.

“It was extremely shocking,” said the Yonkers resident. “There was no history of it in my family so I was blown away.”

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Posted by Danielle De Souza on Friday, October 24th, 2008 at 12:33 pm |
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Did you know that tattoos are forever?


I know that I am officially getting old now because I am starting to dislike something that is a part of me. Something that I once

thought was so cool and unique.

Yes I am talking about it………….. my tattoo.

A few days ago on my way to work, I heard an ad for Wrecking Balm, a new type of cream that can remove a tattoo in 60 days (sounds really safe right?).

I would never use that poison, but it did have me thinking about my tat and how I am starting to get uncomfortable with it.

Yeah, me and it have been through a lot together. I have learned so much and grown so much since it became my partner, but my feelings have changed after our eight year relationship.

Now let me tell you the love story.

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Posted by Danielle De Souza on Friday, October 24th, 2008 at 10:50 am |
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Political Google Maps son!


<p>I’m pretty close now to naming my first born Google. Well its either that or Jack Bauer. googleap531.jpgGoogle Maps is now integrated with all sorts of stuff related to the 2008 Presidential campaign. Google, are you reading my diary?!?!?!</p>

<p>Don’t know where your designated polling location is this election season? Let Google help.All you have to do type in your address and BAM! Google tells you where your polling center is, absentee ballot deadlines, registration information, etc.</p> Read more of this entry »

Posted by Aman Ali on Thursday, October 23rd, 2008 at 9:00 am |
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The World Series features a starting lineup of 20-something world class athletes


Game 1 of the world series is tonight, and The Tampa Bay Rays are hosting the Philadelphia Phillies in the opening game.

Throughout the course of the year, I keep hearing about how “young” this Tampa Bay team is. I decided to take a look at the offense that the Rays bring to the table for their home opener against the Phillies.

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Posted by lvollmer on Wednesday, October 22nd, 2008 at 6:08 pm |
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