Monday, 30 November 2015

21/94: Rebecca, UK

A note from Joelle... 
1.          What was your month of birth in 1994?
2.          Where were you born?
3.          Who were your idols or role models when you were a child?
I never really had a role model as a child I was very wrapped up in TV etc. I absolutely loved the spice girls I even lost my first tooth during one of their films! I also loved Mr. Blobby but that’s kind’ve a weird idol.
4.   Name your favourite singer/band from your childhood (the cringier the better!).
Spice girls obviously! Destiny’s child, S Club 7, Britney, Christina Aguilera, Avril Lavigne, Pink, Gwen Stefani, I was OBSESSED with Busted my first concert was seeing them, really anything chart music from the late 90s/ early 00s I’m one of those people who knows all the words to the cheesy songs.
5.   What did you want to be when you were younger?
I loved dancing when I was younger and went to dance classes from the age of 4-15, I even got to perform at Her Majesty’s Theatre in London with our dance school, as awful as it sounds I wanted to be a backup dancer for someone on stage. What low expectations I had.
6.  Do you still want to go into that profession?
No! I think I realized how talented you have to be at all kinds of dance styles to even be considered to be featured on stage and I just wasn’t that good to be honest. I’m now in my final year studying International Fashion Business at NTU, so it's still down the creative route I knew I wouldn’t go into physics or anything like that.
7. What were you like as a teenager?
My parents would say awful but I still think I was an angel compared to my friends. I was very unsure of myself and still am, I was always that friend that’s part of the group but just goes along with the others, fear of rejection I guess. I was a very nervous and anxious teen, which I masked with loudness. My music taste changed dramatically as the emo phase came around I went from Britney to Slipknot so yea.
8. What was high school like for you?
I couldn’t wait to finish. I was one of those kids that secretly enjoyed school and that made me stand out more than I would have liked. I enjoyed lessons just not the social side of it. I was very awkward.
9.  How have your dreams and goals changed through your life?
Massively. I am so much more driven, hardworking and focused person right now. I have realized that you can’t please everyone, go with your gut and do something you enjoy. I am more confident than ever and all that took was to surround myself with the right people and avoid the negative people.
10.  How do/did you feel about turning 21 this year?
Honestly I was scared. When you hear stories from grandparents etc. who say “I owned my own house was married and had 2 kids when I was your age” I think SHIT. Obviously that just isn’t possible nowadays with the state of the economy and all that but I always have this horrible feeling I should have my life together already and I don’t.
11.  Is turning 21 a big deal in your opinion?
No not in the UK, I think it's more of an American thing because of the drinking age but once you're 18 in the UK you’re an adult so 21 isn’t much different.
12.  What’s one thing you are looking forward to doing in the next few years?
Finishing uni (7 months and counting) getting a ‘proper’ job and building a life for myself.
13. Has anything shocked/surprised you about adulthood so far?
That other adults treat me like a child still, I have considered myself as an adult from the age of 18 and have been living independently since then but people still assume I’m not mature because I’m still young.
14.  Do you have any hobbies or special interests?
Erm I’ve kind of tried to turn that into a career, I love all things creative and fashion is central to that for me. Does YouTube count?
15. What would you say to a teenager who is worried about adult life?
One step at a time. Everyone makes their own mistakes its just important to learn from them. Trust your gut and find people with the same aspirations as you.
16.  If you could give your 13-year-old self a piece of advice, what would it be?
Wow where to start, this is some kind of therapy session, have I been too honest? Shit. Erm just remember everything happens for a reason and everything works out in the end.
17.  What’s the first thing that comes to mind when you hear the word ‘future’?
Apart from paralyzing fear? Erm I’ll be positive and say opportunity.
18.  Who are your idols or role models now?
Caitlin Moran, Casey Neistat, I like people who think for themselves and have their own reasons for opinions, don’t just go along with the crowd. I like the weirdos.
19.  What steps are you going to take to make your twenties a smoother ride?
Make sure I plan in advance and always have a plan B, but take more opportunities when they come and try new things.
20.  In 2015, do you think that life for young adults is optimistic or full of pressures?
Erm a bit of both. It should be much more optimistic however there are still pressures and struggles in place from previous generations. This government isn’t helping the situation but i'll try not to let my political persuasion affect my answers. It is harder for relationships now due to technology and harder to stand out from the crowd I think.
21.  What sets your generation apart from the others?
I would like to think we are more open to other ways of thinking and the internet has really helped this generation. I did partly grow up without a computer but from a young age technology has had an impact and not bad like everyone makes out, however a lot of our generation are very self obsessed and this is only getting worse for younger generations. 
Thank you, Rebecca for sharing your thoughts with me.
If you'd like to take part in my final few interviews, please send me a blank email with '21/94' in the subject line, and I'll get back to you :).


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