Wednesday, 3 June 2015

21/94: Alreem, UAE

A note from Joelle... 
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1.       What was your month of birth in 1994?
2.       Where were you born?
Dubai, UAE
3.       Who were your idols or role models when you were a child?
Probably Elle Woods from legally blonde, cant believe I'm saying this (talk about cringe)
4.       Name your favourite singer/band from your childhood (the cringier the better!).
Avril lavigneDestiny's Child, The Spice Girls, S Club 7, Busted, The Pussycat Dolls, Shakira 
5.       What did you want to be when you were younger?
Lawyer & artist 
6.       Do you still want to go into that profession?
8.       What was high school like for you?
Like every other teenager a rollercoaster ride. My friends and I were considered the “popular” group, which was pretty cool. But we were NEVER the mean type. We were very laid back and chill with everyone. Which was great. Like everyone else I did go through a very low and dark place.
9.       How have your dreams and goals changed through your life?
Over the years my prioritizes have changed a lot. The things I've faced have given me different perspectives towards life. I feel like everyday I learn something, which makes me change or approach my dreams and goals in a different way. It’s quite frustrating to be honest.
10.   How do/did you feel about turning 21 this year?
To be honest I'm trying to convince myself it’s not a big deal and trying to embrace it as it comes. In my head I still feel 17 (is that weird though?) it’s also freaking me out purely because of how time flies. Seems like yesterday I was in high school and my GCSEs were my biggest worries. 
11.   Is turning 21 a big deal in your opinion?
I'm still contemplating whether it is or isn't, I feel like my views change very often so it might be, nearer the day. ( Should it though?!)
12.   What’s one thing you are looking forward to doing in the next few years?
Honestly graduating university with honours and proving to myself that I am capable.
 13.   Has anything shocked/surprised you about adulthood so far?
I don’t think anything has shocked me that much, as I always try to mentally prepare myself for things and expectations. I don't think I'm the type that’s easy shocked/surprised by something. I’m not the type that would show it. I guess I've always suspected that something would happen at the back of my mind and just try and embrace it. That’s life I guess.
14.   Do you have any hobbies or special interests?
Art, Art, I'm like a kid in a candy store when it comes to art. (I literally love anything art & creative) Tennis, Swimming and I've recently fallen in love with running (cant believe I’m saying this, I used to hate it). As well as Polefit, I literally just started it and I fell in love with it instantly.
15.   What would you say to a teenager who is worried about adult life?
Its ok to think about the future and adult life but don't let it consume you & also don't totally dismiss the idea. Enjoy your age cause life is not a rerun.  Live life day by day.
16.   If you could give your 13-year-old self a piece of advice, what would it be?
Focus on you & your needs. Think about the future its ok, never let anyone make you feel like you're not entitled to do so but remember not to obsess about it. Oh, and remember to let go and just be yourself , act stupid ,laugh hard and its ok it you embarrass yourself once in a while.
17.   What’s the first thing that comes to mind when you hear the word ‘future’
18.   Who are your idols or role models now?
I don't really have role models that I look up to so much , however, I have respect towards these people and they never fail to inspire me.
Emma Watson
Ahmed Shihab – Eldin
Bethany Hamilton
Malala Yousafzai
19.   What steps are you going to take to make your twenties a smoother ride?
Live day by day -literally ( I know its a cliché) 
Take chances 
Let it be
To prioritize myself & needs
Leave my comfort zone 
Say no more often to people who don't expect it 
Escape once in a while to focus on myself 
Stop apologizing for everything.
20.   In 2015, do you think that life for young adults is optimistic or full of pressures?
I think it’s a bit of both I guess. Still trying to figure this out. 
21.   What sets your generation apart from everyone else?
I feel like especially coming from a Middle Eastern family. Our generation has become more individualistic rather than collective as well as that we have become more vocal towards our opinions and are more independent.

Many thanks to Alreem for taking part!
If you were born in 1994 and would like to be interviewed (can be anon), please email me at Please put '21/94' as the subject.


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