About us

While the Essential Millennial is in it’s infancy, we operate as a two-person “team” of talented professionals with a wide range of skills and experience. The Essential Millennial was created to be the go-to place for millennials from all around the world to read about shared interests, keep up with the latest news and engage with each other as we learn to navigate through our lives in the fast-paced, modern world. Please follow our social media accounts or send us an email, you can find out how on our Contact page. We love what we do, and we do it with passion. Providing stories that we believe are essential for our audience is what we’re all about.

Our team

Kyle Smith

Co-Founder & Editor in Chief

Kyle studied a Bachelors degree in Politics, Philosophy & Economics, before completing his Honours in Journalism at Stellenbosch University. He then began his career working as a sports journalist for a number of years before joining a non-profit Telecommunications firm as the Digital Content Editor, where his focus shifted towards cryptocurrencies, technology and providing affordable Internet access to people all over the world, particularly those living in rural areas. He has also operated on a freelance basis across a broad range of fields, including financial reporting, music festivals, lifestyle, and political commentary. Kyle is an avid follower of American politics, enjoys listening to podcasts and learning new skills.

Email me: kylforsmi@gmail.com

Kyle’s stories

World Bank: Significant Economic Pain Seems Unavoidable

The World Bank has released a statement on the state of East Asian and Pacific economies, concerning the supply shocks created by the COVID-19 outbreak, saying that countries in the region are facing the prospect of a global financial shock and recession.

The Millennial’s Guide To Coronavirus Economics

While the numbers behind the number of cases, deaths and recoveries is relatively easy to understand, the effects of this global pandemic on the global economy are less clear and we believe it is critical that our readers know what’s happening, so that governments are being held to account for their financial management of this crisis.

5 Lessons Learned & The Positive Side-Effects Of Covid-19

Right now the coronavirus is not something to feel positive about, but hopefully when the world recovers from this pandemic (we hope!), the human race will emerge from the abyss the better for it, after learning some very hard lessons. They say that what doesn’t kill you makes you stronger and, sadly, the coronavirus hasContinue reading “5 Lessons Learned & The Positive Side-Effects Of Covid-19”

Melissa Da Costa

Co-Founder, Deputy Editor & Head of Design

Melissa graduated with a Bachelors Degree in Fine Art and moved on to complete her Honours in Journalism at Stellenbosch University. Following this, she moved abroad to Fukuoka, Japan, where she kept an online travel journal whilst teaching English as a foreign language. She has since returned to Cape Town and intends to continue her travels to other parts of the world while running her new YouTube Channel, Chat in English With Mel, where she gives advice to non-English speakers about the basics in day-to-day conversation. Melissa’s primary focuses have been photojournalism, videography, social media and blogging. She’s a proud vegan and her interests include listening to music and going to the gym.

Email me: melissadc92@gmail.com

Melissa’s stories

COVID And Mental Health: What Is Compassion Fatigue?

One could hardly be blamed for growing tired of being bombarded with skyrocketing mortality numbers, and details about the dents to global economies. Avoiding the news, seeking solace in conspiracy theories, and diving too enthusiastically into your lockdown wine stash, however, could all be signs that you have another problem on your hands: compassion fatigue.

Love Under Lockdown

There’s one factor that everyone is going to notice and have to navigate, and thats the effect of the lockdowns on their relationships. For couples, this comes in one of two forms: either you’re stuck at home with your significant other, with no way of escaping, or you’re suddenly forced into what is essentially a long-distance relationship. Both of these can be tough if they’re not what you’re used to or what you signed up for.

Life Locked Down: Can an Extrovert Survive?

Please think about your extroverted friends in this time. We are struggling. We need you to call us. We need you to allow us to just be with another person, and you don’t even have to get out of your PJ’s!

Build Better Bonds by Setting Better Boundaries

The pressures of life under lockdown might work in the favour of some, but for many the changes might cause discomfort and conflict. In order to prevent a lot of this conflict, or resolve the conflict that DOES occur in a productive and healing way, strong personal boundaries may need to be set and maintained.

“No” Is The Magic Word

Many of us, especially those who are more introverted, have even been encouraged to be yes-people in order to expose ourselves to new experiences that we may not necessarily have if we follow our natural impulse to say no. But lately the word “no” has been developing a new kind of power, or as William Leith writes for the Guardian, it’s “making a comeback”.

Is Love Blind? – The Science Behind Netflix’s Trashy Reality TV Series

Calling this superficial dating game an “experiment” implies that there’s something unknown, and something to be learned by it. It disguises it as something of scientific (and not just entertainment) value, which, if you look at the science that does exist, it most certainly isn’t. Theres’s a whole lot more to love than what does or doesn’t meet the eye.

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