One important current political trend facing the U.S. is that millennials may outnumber Baby Boomers next year, a Pew Research Center study finds. In fact, millennials make up the largest proportion of the U.S. labor force. A second U.S. political trend is that a lot more people are part of multigenerational households. This trend might be due to a growing racial and ethnic diversity. For example, Asians and Hispanics are more likely to live in multigenerational family households because that is part of their culture. Additionally, half of U.S. adults today are married, which is a figure less than previous decades. More adults are living without a spouse or partner and more newlyweds have spouses of different races or ethnicities. Getting married or having a child, it seems, may not be as important for becoming an adult. On another note, the number of refugee arrivals in the U.S. decreased after 2016. Most refugees who came in were from the Middle East and Africa. Finally, new foreign student enrollment at U.S. universities increased rapidly. For example, students from China, India, and South Korea make up a large percentage of new foreign students getting their higher education degrees. This trend may not be that surprising because some of the best universities are in the U.S. Additionally, there is a wide variety of subjects to choose from. You can study subjects such as business, astrobiology, bakery science, or even bagpiping (Carnegie Mellon does this!). The U.S. also leads in technology and research so there are various opportunities for students to be involved in exciting breakthroughs. Finally, international students can practice their self-reliance and flexibility while studying abroad. Not only do they need good English skills, but they also need social skills to thrive in this new environment.
This past weekend, I had the opportunity to see the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge, shown below. (Doesn’t it look remarkably similar to the Golden Gate Bridge except for, you know, the color?) With its interesting and somewhat wild history, the bridge seemed even more magnificent up close, with the sun kissing its blue coat and white boats waltzing beneath the wide belt.
The picture below is a dazzling snapshot of a relaxing stroll around the pier on a bright sunny day…no worries clouding your mind…only sun-churned warmth and the water’s calming music…
And this below is Cupid’s Span, a lovely sculpture of Cupid’s bow and arrow right by the Bay Bridge. Don’t you just want to drop down to your feet and fall in love with this at first sight?
And finally, this picture below is of AT&T Park, home of the Giants. The main entrance is adorned with the Willie Mays statue and iconic 24 palm trees. Fortunately, the day I went (6/23), the Giants won against the San Diego Padres (5-3). Not bad for my first baseball game!