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Gen X (1965-1980)

May 14, 2022

Laura Scott holding a crab while on a trip in Alaska in 2015. (Photo by Laura Scott)

As the first generation to grow up with technology at their hands, Gen Xers are known for being resourceful and independent. They strive for a balance between work and their personal lives. To represent that generation, I chose Laura Scott, an English teacher at Wheaton North High School (and my aunt), the ideal source for someone from Generation X. Scott previously taught English at Franklin Middle School and currently resides in Wheaton with her husband, 2 sons, and her dog, Todd. Scott responded with the following:

  1. Advice – Don’t measure your worth by what others think of you.
  2. Lesson – Hard work and determination will serve you better than anything you have learned in school.
  3. Influence – There were a couple women that volunteered or gave me joy as a kid through their altruistic ways and taking the time to teach me skills like crocheting or drawing. My grandma was ALWAYS doing for others and never asked for anything in return.
  4. Age – Hmm, every age has its perks. I loved 18 because my future was wide open and it was up to me how that played out. I did not have to rely on teachers, coaches, or family, even though they were there if I needed them.
  5. Happy – Younger self was happy being out in large groups and living on little sleep. Old me likes quiet nights and early bedtimes.
  6. Proud – I am proud of my family. It has been a treat to watch my sisters grow up and become great moms to great kids, and, of course, to see my own children become adults.
  7. Remembered – A kindhearted person who cared about those she crossed paths with over the years.
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