Danielle Randall just turned 22 and she is taking risks by leaving everything she knows to work in Italy! Judging by her responses and pictures, Salerno (where she lives in Italy) is downright hideous. Can you tell I’m being sarcastic?
AM: What is your definition of a millennial?
DR: To me, millennials are self-expressive, they are forward thinkers, innovators, and risk-takers.
AM: How are you defying the millennial stereotype?
DR: About six weeks after graduating from Ole Miss, I moved to Italy. I currently reside in the city of Salerno. By day, I work in the marketing department of a language school, and by night, I maintain and grow my business, where I am a marketing and creative service consultant for small businesses. I defy the stereotype that millennials aren’t taking risks by having moved to Italy and having started my own business. Neither of those accomplishments was easy to achieve; it took a lot of hard work and dedication. I am very proud and happy with myself for taking these risks. I have learned so much about myself, as well as life in general.
AM: Why do you think your stereotype is so rampant?
DR: I think this stereotype is so rampant because of the societal norms of today. According to studies, we are civic-oriented, technologically savvy, on the track to becoming the most educated generation, we are global citizens, and we are entrepreneurial. I think that all of these millennial traits contribute to our generation defying odds and taking risks.
AM: What can other young people do to defy that misnomer?
DR: To defy this misnomer, people must be open-minded. They must be willing understand that things may not work out as planned, but it’s better to try, rather than to wonder “what if.”
AM: What do you want the public to know about millennials?
DR: I want the public to know that, despite popular belief, millennials are not afraid to take risks. Each and every day, millennials are taking both personal and professional risks. They are starting businesses, investing in companies, becoming activists in their communities, moving across the world, and much, much more.
I’m Alix Maza, a 24-year-old writer and blogger. I’m also a college student at West Texas A&M University majoring in PR/advertising and possibly minoring in marketing. I’m also an avid reader, coffee addict, and dog lover.