Under 24 in ’24: Navigating change

Exploring the new in your early 20s

a collage of photos of young adults with the logo 'navigating change in '24' in the centre
These young adults 24 and under are navigating change in 2024 in Toronto. (Yuantong Anita Liu/Toronto Observer) 

Change can be hard. But, it can also be exciting.

Many people go through different types of change, whether in their family lives, starting a new job, or taking a new path that leads them somewhere they didn’t expect.

People experience change in many different ways and come out of it with new perspectives. 

Change is defined as “the act or instance of making or becoming different.”

Clinical psychologist Dr. Meg Jay mentioned during an interview that the 20s are a defining decade, with 80 per cent of life’s most defining moments happening by the time people turn 35.

The important part of any change is that you grow from it.

This spring, journalism students in Centennial College’s Entrepreneurial Reporting course interviewed people in the GTA between the ages of 20 and 24, who are navigating change in 2024. 

Everyone defines their early 20s differently; some people are still in school, others have started their careers, and some may be looking to start a family.

This age group is also navigating their early adulthood in times of great economic challenges, a post-pandemic workforce, and an ever-evolving digital landscape.

We all have unique journeys, and some of us may struggle to adapt more than others. 

In the coming days, we’ll share profiles of social influencers, student activists, newlyweds, and others who are finding their way around adulthood with no ‘map’ to guide them. 

You can also learn more about how these individuals view change through our video and social media content on X (formally Twitter), TikTok, Youtube Shorts, and LinkedIn.

We hope these stories inspire others going through their own changes to embrace them.

~ The Entrepreneurial Reporting class of 2024

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James Bullanoff
James Bullanoff is a fourth-year journalism specialist at the University of Toronto Scarborough Campus (UTSC). He is the Deputy News Editor at the Varsity, U of T's tri-campus newspaper. He is also featured in the Annex Gleaner.