#Upandcoming #Quarterlifer

Reclaiming the quarter-life crisis, one hashtag at a time


Since I began my work at the Minnesota Humanities Center, I’ve been learning about the importance of story. Not only is story a powerful and engaging mechanism for teaching history and culture, what stories are/are not  told, who tells them, and when, provides a lens through which we can look critically at our society. The very nature of stories allows us to address current societal narratives so that we can go about creating a more inclusive and relevant societal narrative for everyone.

It seems like storytelling has been showing up wherever I go. I recently came across a tweet from the Bush Foundation:

Just a day earlier, Blois Olson tweeted an article with a similar sentiment.

Several weeks ago, this article was circulating around my social networks, urging the Twin Cities to work toward a more holistic narrative of itself: one that goes beyond Mary Tyler Moore, Snow, and the Mall of America.

The common thread between these articles is simple: the stories that we tell about ourselves matter. 


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Common Misconceptions About The #millennials

One thing that really struck me while working at a coffee shop for two years, was the complete misunderstanding the generation of #millennials. For starters, nobody could fathom why a college graduate was working at a coffee shop. “What are you doing here?” people would ask me.

I remember one time a customer came up to me, and began complaining about the Occupy Movement, saying something along the lines of “Why don’t those lazy people just get a job?!”

Now, I’ll admit that the Occupy Movement, in a lot of ways, lacked legs to stand on and a clear agenda to accomplish. At the same time though, I couldn’t believe how much of a misunderstanding there was of the narrative of the folks in my generation. Let me try and debunk those misconceptions:


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