Student unrest has been the pinnacle of South Africa's tertiary education sphere. Cleverly themed #FeesMustFall, students across the country downed classes and went on nationwide protests that captured the international communities attention. The student protest movement was orchestrated after a fees increase throughout South Africa's universities. The Minister of Higher Education, Blade Nzimande, announced that fees would be increased by 8% in 2017 and that news did not sit down well with the students.
If you type the term “Millennials” into any search engine you will be stunned by the number of articles and studies published on this topic. The variety of topics related to this generation is truly amazing, but among those one is particularly interesting – Millennials as adults. We have to face the fact that this generation (usually taken as those born between 1980 and 1995) is now slowly reaching the point of entering adulthood. However, not a lot of Millennials are following in the footsteps of their parents – most Millennials are not homeowners, are not married, and find that saving money for retirement is only a daydream. Does this mean that Millennials are refusing to grow up, or are we going to be introduced to a new and improved version of adulthood, powered by Millennials?
Starting in the 1970s, young men filled with a lot of negative energy and hate began looking for ways to release it. They gathered in pubs or city centers. They shared the same taste in music and clothing, and a passion for their beloved football clubs. Now these men are fathers and grandfathers. Their lives are no longer filled with the passions of 1970s. But their youth was driven by those passions, and those memories from the past have followed them through their entire lives.
AirBnB is an online community marketplace for people to list, find, and book private accommodations around the world. It has over 2 million homes listed in more than 190 countries, and more and more people around the world are deciding to rent their flats or rooms via AirBnB to earn some extra money. But inviting people from different cultures into your home often means seeing unusual things left in your fridge and being asked strange questions by your guests.
It is one of the oldest stories in the world - the older generation complains about the new generation for being less hard-working than they were, for being more selfish, for not being so successful. This story caught up with the Millennials generation a decade ago, but is it really true? Does the Millennials generation really stand for selfishness, laziness, self-absorption, and unreliability?
Do parents ask their children for permission to publish their photos on social networks? Usually not. Do children get annoyed by unauthorized violations of their privacy? Usually yes. Austrian media reported last month that an Austrian girl is taking her parents to court for posting photographs from her childhood without first gaining her consent. And she is just one out of many teenagers who don't want their lives to be displayed by their parents on the Internet.
When I decided to become a freelance writer, many doors opened wide. And behind all of those doors, there were these huge, unknown worlds staring at me. And there I was standing, staring right back at them.
The world is a stage, and some American mums are deeply aware of it. They perceive their kids as dolls, dressing them up in uptight suits, sky-blue shirts, and polished brown shoes. Some have even gone a step further and realised they should look exactly like the models in magazines. But what is the point of just dressing them up if no one is able to see them?
When I was in college I thought I had life all figured out. I thought I knew everything, and I thought the way in which I saw the world was the only way to view it. I could not have been more wrong.