Friday, September 23: ONLINE

For today’s class, you will respond to a set of discussion questions about Generation Like and Millennials Rising. Then you will watch a video about improving introductions and conclusions and use that advice to revise your own introduction or conclusion for your formal definition paper (due tonight by 11:55pm). Finally, you will watch a brief introduction of our next assignment, the Editorial Response.


For today’s discussion, I have posted a series of discussion questions on the TSquare forum (6 questions for Generation Like and 6 questions for Millennials Rising). Locate the forum for your course section. You will need to locate the discussion forum for both Generation Like and Millennials Rising.


Read through the discussion questions in both forums and choose 2 questions to respond to for each text. Reply to the question or other responses within the thread and post a brief response (50-150 words; 4 total responses). These posts do not have to be too formal, but should be in complete sentences and carefully proofread.

Reply within the thread


Watch the video lecture below about Introductions and Conclusions. Keep this advice in mind as you finish the revisions to your Formal Definition Paper for tonight’s deadline of 11:55pm.


Based on the video you just watched about introductions and conclusions, revise either the introduction or the conclusion of your definition argument paper.

Once you have revised either paragraph to be dynamic, sophisticated and compelling, copy and paste it into the response box at the bottom of this blog post.


NEXT ASSIGNMENT: Editorial Response

Watch the following brief video on the next assignment, the Editorial Response. This assignment sheet is available on TSquare under the Assignments tab and you should keep it handy as you begin work on this assignment.



  1. Turn in Formal Definition Essay no later than 11:55pm this evening. Read the assignment sheet carefully to ensure you are properly labeling, uploading and submitting your document to TSquare.
  2. Next week, we will begin working on the editorial response paper – to complete this assignment, you will need to find an article or editorial that discusses the Millennial generation that you want to respond to. Begin searching for this article over the weekend.
  3. Read WOVENText Chapter 15 (Editorials and Opinion Pieces 466-479)
  4. Read three editorials all linked on Tsquare:
    1. Schulman, “Professors Shouldn’t Only Teach Younger Versions of Themselves”
    2. Worthen “Lecture Me, Really
    3. Vitae, “Lecture from the Lectured



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24 Responses to Friday, September 23: ONLINE

  1. Zhengyang Weng says:


    Millennials born in the 1980s are different from millennials born in the last decade of 20th century. Just as Goethe, the great German writer and thinker, put in the preface of his autobiography, „…ein jeder, nur zehn Jahre früher oder später geboren, dürfte, was seine eigene Bildung und Wirkung nach aussen betrifft, ein ganz anderer geworden sein. (…any person born ten years earlier or later would have been quite a different being, both as regards his own culture and his influence on others.)” (Aus meinem Leben; Dichtung und Wahrheit, vii) Indeed, emergence and popularization of new technologies and economic upheaval in this interval of ten years have shaped the young adults of the Millennial generation differently. Early and Late Millennials still possess some distinct disparities other than the those being discussed above. Different perception of events such as the 9/11 Attack at different age may have resulted in different impacts or even traumatic experiences on their mental development; different degree of exposure in technology might have left different level of self-concentration and thus introversion and narcissism; these examples here are only a fraction of a particularly intriguing area worth more academic attention and study. By inspecting the differences between Early and Late Millennials, we are able to see a much more holistic view of the entire generation, and gain a better understanding of the term Millennials.

  2. Amrit Bhatia says:

    Marriage is important because by completing it, it will help allow one to become financially and personally independent. This is significant because an individual being personally and financially independent from their parents is essential in order to succeed in the United States as an adult. Even though George Carlin was joking about how marriage is a punishment, he should have considered that those who feel marriage is a punishment may not have had the psychological maturity for it or that they believed that after getting into it that being single is more beneficial for him or herself than marriage.

  3. Saksham Gandhi says:


    “It wasn’t until I was about 16 that I honestly grasped the reality that I was going to become an adult one day. Until that point I had subconsciously assumed that you were either a child or an adult, not both.” Schloeffel, in his article in the Sydney Morning Herald, speaks about something almost everyone can relate to – the hazy process of ‘coming of age.’ (Schloeffel, “Why the Coming of Age is Really the Going of Youth”) This term, used to address the transition to adulthood, has no clear definition. Its meaning is merely based on an uneasy, unspoken agreement on its appropriate usage that can be called the common understanding of coming of age. Consider for instance, a 60-year-old working a regular job, supporting a family. Saying that he or she has come of age would be unlikely to raise any objection, due to this very common understanding.

  4. Sarah Bowling says:

    A couple of just 21 and 22 years old cradle around their newborn child as a sitcom drones along in the background. The kitchen and living room are sparkling clean, and the trio are accompanied by the distant rumble of a lawnmower. The husband just came home from his entry-level job that readily pays for this pastel, medium-sized home in the suburbs. The wife is still young and bright-eyed as she stays at home and cares for her infant. Their lives are seemingly the goal for many, yet simply unattainable in current times. With drastic economic and social changes, marriage and children are no longer milestones into adulthood. The standard model of an American adult is flawed. The correct definition of an adult is based on changes in independence and discovery of individuality rather than arbitrary and outdated standards set by society.

  5. Evangelos Katsoudas says:


    Mostly everyone has had that “Ah-Ha” moment in their life at which they discovered something they may want to do for the rest of their life. At some point in life everyone considers themselves an adult, but at what moment does that happen? Society has set ideas of accomplishments and qualities that indicate being an adult. These ideas include mental, financial, and legal factors that all contribute to the overall concept of adulthood. Accomplishing all these tangible things does not instantly turn one into adult. As you gain more and more of these accomplishments and experiences reaching adulthood becomes closer and closer. The final action that tips the scale from adolescence into adulthood is self-awareness and maturity. An adult is someone who has figured out their purpose in life and taken full responsibility of their own actions.

  6. Andrew Morris says:

    Going to college is often viewed as a transition to adulthood. Both because of age and the social situation. At college, students learn about the world and learn how to live on their own. They also explore new ideas and develop their character. Because of this autonomy, many think of college students as adults, but they have yet to achieve this state of maturity. While they are learning how to live on their own they are still directed along the way.

  7. Steven Creech says:

    By evolving into its own generation, unique from Generation X, millennials have proved to be more educated, obedient, and team-oriented than their predecessors. However, when people stereotype millennials as lazy, it undermines this generation, discouraging them from reaching their full potential. Thus, it is important to recognize that the millennial generation was classified to observe patterns in the economy and society. Consequently, even though not all members of the millennial generation are educated, obedient, and team-oriented, these generalizations illustrate the thoughts and beliefs of the generation as a whole.

  8. Marc Larvie says:

    U.S. law establishes the age of 18 as the legal definition of an adult. However, to find the real definition of an adult, it will be necessary to ignore the law a little, as scary as that might be. It is difficult to pinpoint exactly when a person makes the transition to adulthood because it varies among different people. Thus, the transition to adulthood cannot be defined as a generic age. Although reaching 18 years of age is the official transition into adulthood, it would seem that for some individuals this is too early and for others it is too late. To deal with this, adulthood must be defined as the full development of the essential traits of a human being. An adult is an individual who has reached moral, physical, and psychological maturity.

  9. Sereym Baek says:

    Introduction – I removed “Throughout the history” and made it more succinct.

    In the 18th and 19th century, coming of age for adolescents was rather simple. Transitioning into an adult was a one-step process for the adolescents as they took on adult responsibilities such as moving out and finding a stable job along with family roles of marrying and having children all within few years. Although many took different career paths, for most young Americans, the transitions into adulthoods were quick. In the recent times, however, the progress has drastically shifted from quick to gradual. Due to the changing economy and social norms, the transition has shifted from a one-step event to a steady progression of adolescents to achieve financial and psychological independence from the parents.

  10. Anna Barefield says:

    The sound of a baby’s first babbles brings to light a strange and complicated reality- one day that helpless, six-pound child will be a mature, self-reliant adult. It is difficult to notice growing up as it is happening, but anyone who has heard “you have changed so much” from distant relatives at the family reunion knows that looking back one or two years ago reveals many changes that have taken place. Most obvious are the physical changes, the “I forgot how I looked with braces” or the “my hair used to be so long” changes. Beneath the visible changes, though, lies the deeper, universal process of coming of age, of growing and maturing throughout life along with everybody else. Coming of age is defined by the gradual and continuous accumulation of experiences and the accomplishment of certain breakthroughs; it is a process that propels people not just from childhood to adulthood, but from simpler to more complex stages of life, never surrendering its power until death.

  11. Laura Calderon says:

    A caterpillar turns into a butterfly in a slow and gradual process, cell by cell. Someday, it will be transformed, but even after, it will remain inside the chrysalis, which can hatch in different ways. The butterfly may come out slowly, and fly and conquer the horizons. Its surroundings may break the chrysalis, like another bug, and lead the butterfly to the sky. Or maybe the wind may cause it to fall on the ground, and wrinkle its wings, but eventually it will fly as far as it wants, without fear of falling. It will fly on its own, and even though it will always be able to come back to the branch where it grew, nothing will stop it from flying. In the same way, children become adults, and many factors may affect our intimate process until we are capable of flying on our own. That’s why the soy sauce company used the Hello Kitty picture, because they wanted adults to visit that happy branch and recall beautiful memories to continue their flight.

  12. Caleb McCullough says:

    Society specializes in creating specific molds for what a person should be, however they do not account for the vast variety of people and the differences in the lives they come from. Mbali and a white upper class 11-year-old have completely different lives and will grow at extremely different rates because the circumstances that they confronted were very different. The societal expectation of adulthood at twenty is too strict and excludes huge populations of people who need society’s attention most. People need to fight the common misconception of what an adult is and when that issue is repaired people will feel more comfortable, and less pressured to be something they’re not and handle burdens they can’t. People might even start taking more responsibility in their lives to prove they’re worthy of the title of adult. When it comes to the adulthood you can’t define a person by how long they’ve been alive but that when life handed them lemons, they made lemonade.

  13. Nyambura Iruku says:

    At what point does someone stop being a child and start being “grown up”? Everyone seems to know what qualifies a person as an adult and what qualifies a person as an adolescent, but there is often miscommunication as to the definition of the stage in between the two. The problem with definitions is that they are defined either too specifically that it leaves out part of the population it is supposed to be defining or too broad, it doesn’t specify the qualities of the population. In order to be accurate, the definition of “coming of age” relies on the economic status and social class of the specific millennial. This will ensure any patterns discovered or generalizations made can apply to the group in its entirety.

  14. Mira Patel says:

    Jack Smith, in an article written for the Los Angeles Times, asked “when a person is fully grown up in size and strength it is pretty obvious; but when is a person mature?” The answer to that question: when that person is an adult. In order to be an adult, one needs to be mature. Maturity is what allows people to make wise, independent decisions that will help them succeed. As an adult, one needs to have gone through certain aspects of life that make him or her more mature and ready to deal with unexpected obstacles presented throughout his or her life. Therefore, an adult is a mature person who has gone through certain experiences, is responsible, and can be independent, which will allow him or her to succeed in life.

  15. Winston Berger says:


    Adulthood is best defined by the single term of responsibility. Without responsibility, the only way to distinguish between adults and children is biologically, which itself is unreliable. In today’s world, young people aged 18 to 34 are finding it increasingly harder to define themselves as adults. This is because many of this demographic lack responsibility, causing them to still feel like children. Pointing to the ideas of multiple psychologists and the growing number of the young population who do not consider themselves to be adults, the term adult can be defined simply as those individuals who take complete accountability and blame for any and all of their actions. Society as a whole needs to understand this fact, because as long as we treat irresponsible people like adults and responsible people like children, we are only going to create more confusion in the eyes of those who are actually trying to grow up.

  16. Morgan Lee says:

    Right before I arrived at college, I was sure that I was already an adult. I could take care of myself and make my own decisions that I figured to be of good choice. I believed I knew exactly who an adult was. An adult was someone eighteen years of age or older, completely independent, and who always made “good” decisions. However, after a few weeks of college and trying to continue being a grown up by my definition, I began to rethink my assumption of the meaning of the term. An adult is ultimately someone who is not just “good”, but also mature, in his/her decision making and who can recognize that being dependent on others is acceptable when he/she needs it.

  17. Edwin Lopez says:

    (I took a more personal approach in my introduction). Feel free to offer feedback.

    I turned 18 on May 16th this year. That’s when I became a well-functioning adult, right? Wrong. As a first year student in college, I can comfortably admit that I have not yet become an adult, or at least a fully developed and complete adult. Evidently, this depends on how you define “adult.” While numerous similar but different definitions exist for the term, there is no one definition can simply define what a true adult is. In contrast to my perception, I am a legal adult in the state of Georgia. Contrary to Georgia law, most of my peers, close friends, and even my parents, would agree that I have not quite reached true adulthood. These differences exist because each individual has his or her own definition and standards for a true adult. An adult is a person who’s capable of making his or her own rational decisions, financial, social and educational and who’s willing to face the consequences of his or her decisions in his or her own will.

  18. James Bronsted says:


    Core to any socially cohesive and applicable definition of “adult” is independence. Jeffrey Jensen Arnett, a psychology professor who has written a number of books and conducted research on young adults, finds that among a number of studies, three necessary conditions for adulthood can be found nearly universally: an adult must (1) “accept responsibility for [oneself]”, (2) “make independent decisions,” and (3) “become financially independent” (12). All three statements reference some aspect of independence, the first referencing self-reliance and the latter two directly referencing independence. Merriam-Webster defines adult as “fully grown and developed” and contrasts the term with “childish.” Independence separates children from adults; children are not or significantly less capable of being independent than adults and adulthood represents the end stage of maturity, independence. However, due to the increasing difficulty of achieving traditional markers of adulthood associated with physical independence, adulthood would be better defined as the psychological ability and willingness to be independent, since many young people who do not have the financial fortunes in an increasingly financially difficult world to live independently would be more fairly included in adulthood.

  19. Shaan Patel says:

    They are the generation that has now even outnumbered the baby boomers with a running total of more than 82 million (McLeigh 624). As we approach 2017, Millennials have started to take over every part of everyday life. Whether it’s culture, the workforce, or the consumer base, the Millennials are undoubtedly moving into their prime. The millennial generation, also known as Generation Y, is defined as the generation starting from people born in 1980 and going into the early 2000s that have been brought up in a world experiencing a major tech boom and an ever-changing consumer culture (Dictionary). When it comes to the question of when a young adult becomes an adult, in general, I find it is related towards the consumer side of things. As millennials are starting to reach their “prime spending years”, it is evident that the prime years are related to their promotion into adulthood. It is also evident that this generation has been strongly impacted by the economy that they were born and raised in. This recessionary economy made them have different mindsets from previous generations leading the millennials to think differently in the workplace and about their futures.

  20. Michael Farrante says:


    different of what the generation before them entered.
    In Steven Mintz’s The Prime of Life he writes that “myth that transition to adulthood was more smoother in past.” (33). The claim that adulthood was smoother in the past is a complete lie. Everyone’s passages in adulthood came at different ages in their lives with different struggles in between with the exception of the 1950’s and 1960’s when the economy was in a post war boom. So when older generations look at millennials and start with the famous line “In my day…” the simple response is that we are not growing up in your day, in fact we are growing up in a era that is completely different. The economy has changed, along with technology, and all of this has an impact on what we do and why we do it. So when we ask is there an age we can put on adulthood the answers is no and there’s really no generalizing that age. Instead there’s this foggy muddy water where what is in front of you is unpredictable and unforeseen.

  21. Aaron Simon says:


    Becoming an adult is a fluid process that is the culmination of many factors including psychological changes and subconscious observations. The many changes that occur in one’s life from ages 30-50 allow one to become aware of their mortality, thus leading one to an enlightened and self-actualized life. Once one has attained an enlightened and self-actualized life, one is an adult. However, the process that leads one to adulthood is very personalized and is different for every individual. Defining adulthood on the basis of an arbitrary number is therefore impractical and should be abstained from. Instead, adulthood is defined by the individual and defines the individual.

  22. Kathryn Popp says:

    Introduction: From the eyes of an American teenager, becoming an “adult” evokes fear, worry, and anxiety for most. Pop culture and societal expectations imprint into adolescent’s minds that adulthood should be negatively connotated as boring, anticlimactic, and stressful; with hit songs like “22” by Taylor Swift, “We Are Young” by F.U.N., and “Here’s to Never Growing Up” by Avril Levine, kids cannot help but acknowledge the idea that people want to stay forever young (Scott). Adulthood is no longer perceived as appealing, nor is the transition into adulthood displayed as an easy process. But what is this generation afraid of? What is this intimidating term “adult”, and why are people connecting such negative thoughts to it? With the rapid cultural shifts that have been going on in the past century, the definition of “adulthood” has been morphed, stretched, and reformed into a more transparent word. According to Merriam Webster’s English dictionary, an adult is someone who is “fully grown and developed; mature and sensible; not childish”; however, it is hard to pinpoint when one is “fully developed”. This definition is ambiguous, which is why this generation should define adulthood as more of a mental maturing. Adulthood is the state of being emotionally independent of outside influence, the ability to accept responsibility for actions, the desire to have an individual niche in a community (either economically, socially, etc.), and the courage to act independently of the outside influence of society.

  23. Brandon Pal says:

    I did some tweaking to my introduction paragraph. My goal was to make the first two sentences reel in the audience that my paper is intended for (people curious about “coming of age”). I also made my thesis a bit more evident. >>>

    When an individual reaches the age of twenty, they escape the period of dramatic transformation and self-discovery known as the “teenage” years. However, one common misconception about the end of one’s teenage years is that they symbolize entrance into adulthood. Unlike the teenage years—the period between the ages of thirteen and nineteen—adulthood is not achieved through age. Instead, entrance into the realm of adulthood is achieved through a far more complicated process known as “coming of age,” which deals more with mental maturity, self-sufficiency, and individuality than one’s age.

  24. Nicholas Joaquin says:


    Adulthood and the coming of age are some of the biggest boundaries faced in life. This sort of ‘coming of age’ through individualism and individuality has been met with apprehension that prolongs this ‘transition.’ But the beauty of growing up is the surprises in store. Life itself is a gift. One minute, you may be socialising at your campus’ local bar or party fraternity, next minute you are at a desk job wondering where your ‘best years’ went. Understandably, quantifying ‘coming-of-age,’ is very difficult due to the fact that one will never recognise that they have transitioned to adulthood, but instead will come to terms that they have been undertaking ‘adult activities’ instead. Yet, within it all, there would always be an aspect of autonomy and independence in conducting such activities – in a classic adult fashion. To this, I ask you, when did you become an adult?

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