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Generation Z Student Life

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Generation Z are people born between 1995–2010. Generation Z students are a socially diverse group and are graduating from high school with more diverse friend groups than previous generations. They “prefer face-to-face communication and value human connection” (Seemiler & Grace, 2016, p. 61) despite growing up with access to technology. They are described as being loyal, thoughtful, determined, compassionate, open-minded, and responsible. These students grew up with the economic downturn, witnessed parents lose their jobs, and worry about post college employment. They may have “anxiety over being able to afford a college education” (Seemiler & Grace, 2016, p. 98). Generation Z students will turn to their trusted advisors, parents, when making important decisions; their relationship is described as co-pilots.

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