A 16-year-old girl and “A student” named Jenni Heard wrote into the Times summing up basically how every college student and teenager and twenty-something I know feels about all these old folks trying to figure us out. Who isn’t tired of being called lazy, irrational or not hardworking. We cannot all expect to be rolling in the dough or know exactly what we need to do when we were born into a state of financial, social and environmental crisis. All those traditional paths of success: go to school, go to college, get a job, buy a house, have a family—they don’t work anymore. We are carving new paths for a new future and it’s tough.
A 16-year-old girl captures this fact better than most.