Hair styles, clothes, and hobbies aren't all that set us apart from our parents and grandparents. Political awareness and social involvement are just some of the other distinguishable characteristics. Professor Renwick Griswold has witnessed many changes on campus since his time as a University of Hartford student. "There has definitely been a tremendous decrease. This campus in the sixties was one of the most political and social campuses in the country" Griswold also sees more apathy and consumerism that in his generation. However, some of his peers have a slightly different view. "I'm part of a generation that is handing over the world to the young people in worse condition than we have recieved it, which is a disgrace," says Tom Gradaunte. "We are a disgrace as a group." Although the past generation was not perfect, young adults have observed admirable qualities in their elders.
"I feel that past generations work harder than this generation does. More people aren't as motivated, looking for an easy dollar, an easy way out," says sophomore Marvin Worrel.
"They valued different things like family and simple things were more valuable to them," says freshman Latisha Henry-Jennings, "whereas our generation now is so materialistic." Maturity level is also questioned.
"It's just not that important for you to grow up quickly," says Griswold. "I think what we have here in America for the past few generations is this sort of prolonged adolesence." Worrel, however, begs to differ. "I don't believe that at all. Because I'm only nineteen and I'm out of my parents' house, I live in my own place, I pay my own rent, so I mean, that depends on who you ask. Henry-Jennings adds, "Levels of maturity are equal based on the time and environment."Back to Main Page