On Getting Old(er)

Yesterday, I had to remind myself, once again, to make an important phone call today.  This phone call could potentially open a lot of doors for me career-wise, so when I say it’s important, what I mean to say is, it’s important.  And I keep forgetting about it.  I think subconsciously I’ve been putting it off a little bit.

I will officially attend my final class of my undergraduate degree on April 23rd, 2015.  Come 4pm, when I walk out that door (and obviously when I hand in my final assignments) that is it.  Another three years of my life has come to a close.  And that’s great.  Really, it is.  I will have survived, first of all, to the age of 22 (cue Taylor Swift) and secondly, I will have achieved (hopefully, all going to plan) something that a lot of people don’t have the privilege, money, facilities, whatever, to actually achieve.  And I’m seriously grateful for that.

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On Being Sick and Tips for Feeling Better…

I am sick.  Fortunately for me, right now it’s just a head cold, but it’s the last thing I need when I’ve literally only been back in college for three days.  It was inevitable to be honest.  Both my mother and my sister are sick, and what with the sudden shift from being practically sedentary for three months to having to leave the house at a “normal” hour (i.e. before midday), I really should have been better prepared to get run down and ill.

So, I thought I’d share my tidbits of wisdom (Wisdom?  Really?!) for those of you who are in the same position as me, or even just for future reference.

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Lloyd Dobbler – The Boyfriend Every Girl Wants (And Needs)

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Let’s be honest, when it comes to classic 80s films, the writers seemed to know a lot about love.
 
Among those ‘Classic’ films, is 1989’s ‘Say Anything’, directed by Cameron Crowe and starring the beautiful Ione Skye as Diane and delightfully charming John Cusack as Lloyd.
 
It’s been on my Netflix list for quite a while, something that’s been popping up among my recommended films for months.  So the other night, I gave it a shot, and to be quite honest, it was well worth staying up well into the early hours to finish it in one sitting.
 
For those who are unfamiliar with it, the basic premise is boy meets girl, they fall in love, encounter some sort of difficulty and ultimately live happily ever after.  Simple.  Of course, it is filled with the kind of plot holes that are almost completely obscured by the enchanting love story and the slightly more sinister subplot of Diane’s father’s tax evasion.  For example, the trusting Diane is willing to spend their first date at a party full of strangers and then drive around all night with a boy she barely knows (ummm?!?!!), or the representation of her father who is overbearingly protective of his girl, but is still willing to steal from the elderly inmates in his retirement home.  Despite all this, however, the relationship that blossoms between Diane and Lloyd is an interesting one at least.

What Does It Mean to be a Millennial?

Today I started to re-watch ‘Skins’, a British tv drama that IMDB describes as “The story of a group of British teens who are trying to grow up and find love and happiness despite questionable parenting and teachers who more want to be friends (and lovers) rather than authority figures.”  Its writers are much the same age as their target audience; during the early seasons, the average age of the writers was 21, so it’s a show that is in touch with what it is to be young.

It’s a really great show, and one I would recommend taking a look at, despite its exaggerated sexual content and excessive inclusion of drug-use.  It’s well written, very witty and depicts the kind of camaraderie that one only seems to find in their teens.
 
Apart from being a pretty good watch, ‘Skins’ got me thinking.  It’s a show about growing up in modern-day England.  But what does it actually mean to “grow up” in Western society now?
 
Millennials (also known as Generation Y), according to William Strauss and Neil Howe, are those born between the beginning of the 1980s and the early 2000s.  I am a Millennial.  We are the children and the successors of Generation X.  Our generation are the latest ones to be both burdened and bolstered by the actions of our parents, our grandparents, and all who came before us.  We are the last generation of the twentieth century, and the first to come of age in the twenty first.
 
Strauss and Howe characterise the Millennial generation as the most civic-minded and globally aware yet.
 
The fate of the Millennial is one that is hotly debated and widely discussed in the media.  In articles all dated this week, the definition of ‘millennial’ and whether it is a positive or negative thing for the world is as follows:
 

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About Me, About This, About Time…

I have threatened for a long time to attempt some sort of a blog.  In the past number of days especially, it has become a niggling urge, an itch I just cannot scratch.  Inspired (I’m sure, like many others) by Benjamin Cook’s YouTube web series, ‘Becoming YouTube‘, I reckon it’s about time I bit the bullet.

In ‘Becoming YouTube’, Cook invites his audience to create, with a particular emphasis on video making.  I however, aside from not being confident enough to face the camera, am a little better at conveying myself through the written word and hence, here I am.

So, to you, reader, hello!  Nice to meet you!  And congratulations on stumbling upon ‘Just Your Favourite Part’.

I’m Zara.  I’m in the first half of my twenties, and I’m studying for a degree in English and History.  I like Disney films, tea and long walks on the beach.  No, really.  I do.  I do not claim to be funny or witty, or even insightful.  I will however admit to being a bit of an arsehole.  But hey, take ’em as you find ’em.

Enough about me.

My intention here is to create a motley of things I have enjoyed or liked enough to mention (or maybe disliked enough to mention).  Mostly, just to take this wherever the wind blows.  I read a lot, so expect a review or two.  I also enjoy a very committed relationship with Netflix, so probably best to keep an eye out for comments on what I’m watching.  The rest shall have to be a surprise.

I suppose I should probably get to it then!