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You should get out more. You should get out and find a man, or a woman, but preferably someone of the opposite sex. Because you should get married by a certain age deemed appropriate by your parents, but inevitably before you are ready. You should also have children. Soon, because it’s better to be a young mum or dad than an old mum or dad. You should have more than one kid, but less than five because that’s just a ridiculous number. And, if female, when you have finished giving birth, you should breast feed and devote all your attention to your child and feed them organic foods and be mindful not spiteful but also think about returning to work or not returning to work (whatever is trendy in the neighbourhood you live in) and also find time to lose that baby weight, haha! Oh you haven’t given birth yet? Or found yourself a partner? Well you need to get out more. Spend eight hours at work, at least five days a week, possibly more …

To be human is to claim your weakness

Have you ever been on the receiving end of the universally-hated interview question? You know the one: what would you say is your greatest weakness? We all react the same way: a bit of internalized dread and then we chance it. We’ll either embrace the cliché and turn a weakness into a strength (“I’m such a perfectionist, you have no idea”), we’ll lie and bring up a meaningless weakness (“I just cannot resist a piece of cheese!”) or we’ll summon our courage and share one of our greatest vulnerabilities to a complete stranger. It’s incredibly hard to do, but what we should remember is that, for any interviewing business worth its salt, the honest and most human admission of weakness should be the very thing that earns you the job.

Thoughts from a Millennial, post-referendum

Yes, I voted Remain. Yes, I’m a bit upset. No, I don’t have the words to adequately express how I feel. It’s difficult to live in this world. I’ve always struggled with society, and I think we all have though most don’t care to admit it. They blame the creative tendancy to keep one’s feet off the ground, the millennial inability to understand how the fuck the world works because Gods forbid we’re not content with our hexagonal-peg existence in a round-hole society.

Leave Millennials Alone

Millennials get a lot of hate, don’t they? I mean, I’m sure all “younger generations” have been moaned about by the “older generations” since time began, but we’ve got the internet now, and that hate and disrespect is more prominent than its ever been. I wanted to talk about this during Mental Health Awareness Week because this topic in all its complexities is, and always had been, one of the most angst-inducing issues I face on a daily basis.

With great YA literature, comes great responsibility

At the grand old age of 25, I fully realize I am no longer the target audience for Young Adult literature. Though I admit that I find it increasingly difficult to relate to a teenage protagonist, and high school drama really does just bore me to tears, I can’t seem to get enough of good old YA. And I can’t help but wonder; why, eh? (I apologize, that was inexcusable…) I guess my affinity for YA lit has to do with the fact that it didn’t really exist when I was a young adult myself. Sure, there have undoubtedly been stories aimed at young adults since the beginning of time, all dealing with themes of growth, identity, angst and so forth. But it has only been in recent years that YA became n genre. When I was younger, the Harry Potters were bundled in with the Very Hungry Caterpillars, and it was tough to find literature to guide me through such a rough, hormonal period in my life. I think when I was sixteen I weaved …