What was your month of birth in 1994?
August, baby of the year.
Where were you born?
Who were your idols or role models when you were a child?
I don’t actually think I thought about this when I was a child.
Name your favourite singer/band from your childhood (the cringier the better!).
S Club 7. Hands down was obsessed with them
What did you want to be when you were younger?
When I was really young I’m pretty sure I wanted to be a teacher. But from about year 7, something to do with Journalism
Do you still want to go into that profession?
Yes, I’ve just graduated with a Journalism degree
What were you like as a teenager?
Shy, kept myself to myself, unconfident
What was high school like for you?
Not bad. I had major rabbit teeth (I used to suck my thumb a lot as a child) which affected my confidence and got braces during high school which definitely helped.
How have your dreams and goals changed through your life?
Career wise, no. I’ve always wanted a job to do with writing. In other senses yes. I’ve grown up so understand everything more.
How do/did you feel about turning 21 this year?
Excited, but nervous.
Is turning 21 a big deal in your opinion?
Yes and no. It’s made into a bigger deal than it is. But for me personally, it marked the start of growing up. Because I’d finished uni and am starting a whole new journey and chapter. It is just a number though so it depends where abouts in your life you are, if that makes sense.
What’s one thing you are looking forward to doing in the next few years?
Working towards my dream career.
Has anything shocked/surprised you about adulthood so far?
How time consuming looking for a job is. And money. I didn’t realise how much I depended on my student loan. You also want to make money on your own rather than get it from someone else.
Do you have any hobbies or special interests?
Blogging, cooking. I’ve recently started to learn how to crochet (It’s harder than you think).
What would you say to a teenager who is worried about adult life?
Take it as it comes. I’m a massive believer in everything happens for a reason so don’t stress if everything doesn’t happen as you expect it to. Jobs, family, relationships…they’ll happen as they’re meant to.
If you could give your 13-year-old self a piece of advice, what would it be?
Don’t be so shy. Come out of your shell more.
What’s the first thing that comes to mind when you hear the word ‘future’
Who are your idols or role models now?
My parents – they’ve both worked as hard as they could to give me the future I have now. But also my oldest cousin and his wife – they’ve both got their goals and nothing will stop them from achieving it. It kind of makes you realise if you want something go and make it happen.
What steps are you going to take to make your twenties a smoother ride?
Just take it day by day. Take every opportunity and enjoy it.
In 2015, do you think that life for young adults is optimistic or full of pressures?
I think you definitely have to stay optimistic because there’s so much out there for us. I don’t think it’s full of pressures but of course there are pressures – it’s only natural. I don’t think the media and press help. But you have to go and find whatever it is you want I think.
What sets your generation apart from everyone else?
The ever growing world of social media. I’m not sure if it’s always a good thing. But boy do we use it a lot.
Thank you, Karishma for sharing your thoughts with me.
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