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MEET A GEN Z

What it’s like to be a Gen Z today

What do you know about Gen Z? What trends are they driving? What’s the best part of being a Gen Z today? What do other generations misunderstand about this younger generation? In today’s Cassandra Daily, we introduce you to Sabida who shares her thoughts and experiences as a member of Gen Z. Also, learn more about how Gen Zs and Millennials are gearing up for travel in our new report, Are We There Yet?, released later this week, exclusively for Cassandra clients.

MEET SABIDA, A 19-YEAR-OLD FROM NEW YORK, WHO TOLD US ABOUT HER LIFE AND HOPES FOR THE FUTURE.


WHAT ARE YOU PASSIONATE ABOUT?


I am interested in a lot of things that involve creativity. I am passionate about marketing in all sorts of industries, including film, fashion, healthcare, social media, non profits, music, and much more.




WHAT DO YOU LOOK FORWARD TO ABOUT THE FUTURE? WHAT ASPIRATIONS DO YOU HAVE?


I just look forward to being more involved in things I enjoy and having more financial independence. Personally, I aspire to be more confident and help out my parents more, possibly even buy them a house. Professionally, I hope to help increase South Asian representation in all sorts of industries.




WHAT DOES IT FEEL LIKE TO BE PART OF YOUR GENERATION TODAY?


It can be overwhelming seeing people who are much younger than you be so successful and talented in various industries. At the same time, it’s amazing to see what our generation has done in terms of change and all the potential for so much more




WHAT’S THE BIGGEST CHALLENGE FACING YOUR GENERATION TODAY?


I think one of the biggest challenges has to do with mental health. Although our generation is aware of the various areas in mental health, we struggle to cope with it.




WHAT POLITICAL, SOCIAL, OR CULTURAL EVENTS HAVE BEEN KEY DEFINING MOMENTS IN YOUR LIFE? HOW HAVE THEY IMPACTED YOUR LIFE?


More recently, the BLM protests and the pandemic have definitely been key moments for me. BLM has opened up so many conversations and many strides were made for the first time in a long time. The pandemic has given me time to step back and really understand what is actually important to me.




WHAT STEREOTYPES OR MISCONCEPTIONS DO OTHER PEOPLE HAVE ABOUT YOUR GENERATION? HOW DOES THIS MAKE YOU FEEL?


A stereotype that is common is that our generation is sensitive. This bothers me because we get called sensitive for caring about issues that have been ignored for so long. I am proud of how we [Gen Z] have stepped up to make actual changes in society, regardless of how big or little.




WHAT DO YOU HOPE THE FUTURE OF SOCIETY WILL LOOK LIKE?


I hope it is more open and accepting of people and their differences. I also hope the unjust systems that are being identified currently actively get corrected.