Young adults in this generation are hit with unexpected independence. Whether they are ready to enter into the world of adulthood or not, they are expected to find a sense of prioritizing a life that is constantly changing.
Everywhere, the constant question that seems to be presented to the average eighteen-year-old is, “Hey, you going to college?” or “So just working for now, huh?” These new-born adults begin to decide if college, work, care-taking, or other means of responsibility outweigh the importance of other responsibilities and choices.
CSUSB professor, Dr. Jasmine Lee, from the English Department of College of Arts and Letters considered the factors of what determines these decisions.
“A big part of it is discovery and the journey,” Dr. Lee said. “Even if you look back in hindsight and realize you would have preferred another way, you could only get to that insight by going down that path.”
Dr. Lee suggested that a person will know what the beneficial thing to do is for any point in their lives, whether that be focusing financially or growing in higher education.
In many cases, young adults are left with conflicting decisions made for them.
Local teen dad, Miguel Zavala said, “Once I had my daughter, I finally opened my eyes and noticed that I have to put food on the table and provide a roof over our heads.”
Zavala finished high school and had his daughter at nineteen years old. He now wants to move forward from his current job, carpet cleaning, to become a car salesman for a better income.
At nineteen, Diana Lopez, an alumna of CSUSB, explained how she didn’t know at the time what she wanted to do with her life.
“I didn’t know which path to take until I took a class with one of my sociology professors and got an interest for the subject,” Lopez said.
Lopez graduated in Spring 2018 with her bachelor’s degree in Sociology.
The advice given by family members, friends, and teachers can also be impactful and shape one’s perspective. However, to what extent is the advice shaping the transition to adulthood?
Dr. Lee explained that when she gives advice to either her younger siblings and students, she turns the situation back on them.
“What do you see yourself wanting to do?” Dr. Lee asked. “What reservations do you have about taking one path over another? Figure out if you are making the choice for reasons that you feel good about.”
CSUSB student, Vanessa Magdaleno, a Psychology major, explained a much similar way in guiding young adults.
“I think the way a parent raises a child is so important,” Magdaleno said.
Magdaleno believes that this guidance method should be reflected by parents when a child is beginning to enter maturity.
“Advice is taken into consideration. However, this generation is more on its toes when it comes to the future,” said Magdaleno. “You could see the way a parent raises their child by the way they behave. This generation is changing and you need to be upfront and not hide reality.”
With regard to parents’ influence, Zavala had similar beliefs.
“I feel that every kid looks up to their parents, and they try to live life the way their parents did,” said Zavala. “However, some kids are very independent and decide to take their own path in life.”
As kids grow into adults, responsibilities are thrown left and right. The paths new-born adults decide to take is like an essay. It can always be revised and consists of lessons within each and every paragraph.