Millennials rule, says one Baby Boomer

A 40-something-year-old—a ‘baby Baby Boomer’—has gone back to school and is experiencing 20-somethings in their natural habitat. Here’s a dispatch from the wilds of academia.

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“There will be so many second-career women in your grad school class,” they told me. “Lots of 40-somethings. It’s going to be so wonderful for you!”

They were wrong. The most common age in my post-grad class is 23.

I am 23 x 2 + 1. OK?

(Yeah, 47. I’m the last year of the Baby Boomers, a baby Baby Boomer.)

Kids come up to me and ask me where certain buildings are. They ask about university policy.

What do I look like? A professor?

It’s taken some getting used to, but I’ve actually come to appreciate the benefits of this generation. The millennial has several positive features, but I’d like to home in on just one: The millennial understands the computer.

I own four laptops: three barely breathing PCs and one recently acquired Mac. Each PC serves a different purpose:

No. 1 is for printing.

No. 2 is a backup for No. 1.

No. 3 gets so hot that I use it as a waffle iron.

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