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You Know What Really Grinds My Gears (11/3 Edition)

November 3, 2009

I’m going to take a line from the great Peter Griffin and start having some sort of a regular Grinds My Gears post.  Because frankly, a few things grind my (and many Gen Yers) gears.  Today we will touch on technology (not surprising) and politics (very surprising), but of course both are from the Gen Y point of view and relate to challenges many Gen Yers are facing today.

So here it goes:

You know what really grinds my gears?…  The new Facebook homepage update.  I get what they’re trying to do; separate out the constant updates from the one that are getting the most action (‘likes’, comments, etc). That makes sense.  What I don’t like is how there seems to be no rhyme or reason as to which shows up when you first log on.  Sometimes I’ll log on and see something that catches my eye and realize it took place 20 hours ago.  Other times I’ll log on and have up to the second updates.  Where is the consistency Facebook?  When I click “view live feed” I assume that you are putting a cookie on my computer which saves that setting to my default.  You know everything else about every aspect of my life, so why not pay attention to my Homepage Feed prefrence?

You know what else really grinds my gears?… Budget cuts.  I figured going back to Graduate School to get my MBA was a smart choice in the floundering economy (which in the long run I think it was).  Last semester was a blast with no real surprises.  The summer passed; I paid tuition and registered for classes.  No surprises there.  About a week before classes started I got an email saying that our tuition was being raised and we would be notified later in the semester.  On the first day of classes I then found out that all of our professors were REQUIRED to take furlough days; aka not teach certain days of class.  Then they said we were still responsible for the information they WOULD HAVE taught.  Then last but not least yesterday was I had to pay a nice $3,000 for my additional tuition charges; two-thirds of the way through the semester!  So, State of California, and Budget Cuts, you are grinding the hell out of my gears right now.  I get to pay thousands of dollars more for substantially less product.  This makes perfect sense?

This economic slump is hurting Gen Y as much as anyone.  I know countless people who have degrees from reputable schools who can’t find a decent job.  It will take us decades to recover the lost wages from taking jobs during this recession.  When we try and go back to school, we are charged an arm and a leg more for less product.  Let’s just hope that this economy picks up… Soon.

Ah, now that felt good; and you got a nice glimpse into the rants of a Gen Yer.  A win-win situation if I have ever heard one.

This would be a good place for a poll:

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