Markuan Tigney Jr.

For years people have went without the things they need. Whether it be finances, food, clothing, or education. The problem is that people get too comfortable where they are and settle without putting forth a great enough effort to advance themselves. When asked the question what does my generation do better than any other generation, the first thing that comes to mind is that we use our resources. According to Dictionary.com a resource is defined as “a source of supply, support, or aid, especially one that can be readily drawn upon when needed”. My generation understands the importance of taking advantage of resources such as technology, education, and people because we know that they can take us to the next level. 

Because of the improvements in technology the world is at our fingertips. Although my generation uses our phones for leisure, we take advantage of their many benefits. Through YouTube I learned how to tie a tie and to cook black beans. On a daily basis we use our phones to check the news and get free advertising using social media. In previous generations people had to rely on others to teach them what they needed and wanted to know. 

Attending a Detroit Public High School has its advantages and disadvantages. One of the disadvantages is that we don't always have books or sometimes even teachers. Even through this students always find a way to succeed through going to tutoring or making extra efforts to get books by ordering them or getting an electronic copy. This is another example of how we use the resources that we have.

Another resource that many generations have not taken advantage of are the people around them. I believe that my generation uses the people around us to help us. We often form study groups and workout partners for encouragement. We treat every person like a million dollars because they may be a CEO of a company one day when we need a job. We take advantage of the lessons and wisdom from our teachers and parents. I am a part of an organization called Michigan Youth in Government which brings together students from all around Michigan and allows us to write legislation that we believe will enhance the state of Michigan. Through this program students have the opportunity to get their ideas heard by real lawmakers which allows us to bring about real change. We know that our power is limited so we use our resources (state legislators) to help us. 

Arthur Ashe said to ”Start where you are. Use what you have. Do what you can.” My generation grasps the necessity of using our resources to take us to the next level. We know that we have to work, but we can get so much further if we use what we have instead of trying to do everything on our own.