As a current Junior, I am faced with the troubling thought of, “Am I really getting that old”? These next two weeks will be the last weeks I will be trekking around as a Junior before I go abroad to Spain, and in two months and thirteen days I will be the long awaited twenty one year old. As these countdowns that I’ve waited so long for, seem to have come before I know it, I realize that soon I will become a college graduate, poor, and job seeking woman with a bachelor’s degree. Therefore, as I watch this series Girls, I realize that I will be one of these “girls” sometime in the near future, sometime soon.
Although we may not relate to exactly to each character Hanna, Marnie, Jessa, and Shoshanna, the idea of being on their own, broke, in they’re twenty’s, and seeking a job is something many college graduates can relate too. This theme of simply “growing up” is a lot to take in, especially when the last four years of your life have been nothing but fun. Coming from a big family, my cousins always tell me, “never leave college, it’s the worst mistake you’ll ever make.” If I had a penny for every time someone has said that line to me, I probably would not have to worry about college debt. But the truth of the matter is, growing up and finding a successful and happy place in the adult life is not always pretty.
The show Girls, deals with the struggles and hardships these college graduates go through individually, but together at the same time. We see Hanna working at a coffee shop, Marnie going through the indecisiveness of love and growing apart, Jessa dealing with pregnancy at a young age, and Shoshanna dealing with maturing individually. Although males may not have all these problems, these struggles that each character faces deal with making life decisions on our own. At age 20, I still find myself calling my mother if I should buy certain clothes, and she always tells me “do what you want it’s your money el”. I find myself getting annoyed at her why she won’t just tell me what to do, because at one time she would give me an answer. But then I realize that this is all a part of growing up. Our life choices, even something as simple as what color shirt to buy in my case, or Jessa dealing with the decision of getting an abortion or not, creates us to become an adult, which deals with making choices on our own.
Girls is a perfect example of young adults in their 20’s making life decisions that may end up biting them in the ass but learning from them. Hanna, had to make the decision of quitting her unpaid internship, and getting a job in a coffee shop, without knowing if she could have gotten a “real job” if she stayed with her internship. After watching this scene with Hanna, I realized that soon I will be faced with much harder decisions in life, other than what color shirt looks best on me, decisions that will affect my future. The hit series Girls is a prime example of what it’s like growing up in the real world. Although it may not relate directly to every viewers lives, it sends a message of humor and a lesson of the struggles we will once have to face to make it after college. More importantly, it sends a message that life may not always be what we planned, but there is always hope and humor that carry us through it.
This idea of “growing up” by dealing with the struggles of living on your own, finding a job, and being overall happy, leads back to the idea of democracy. This kind of democracy is completely different from the democracy of our country, but similar to the democracy of people going through the same problems and struggles. In a time that determines a big part of our life, it is comforting to know that we are in this together. Girls is a key example of democracy, because it shows the individual struggles that each character deals with, but the message of their struggle is the same. Their struggle deals with the lessons of growing up, and making decisions on our own and for ourselves. The role of democracy within Girls, allows viewers to see that we too are not in these struggles alone, and helps demonstrate
Written by: Ellie Carten