You see us as a brain, an athlete, a basket case, a princess, and a criminal.

In 1985, the classic film “The Breakfast Club” sent five high school students to all-day attention, where they wrote those words about themselves. The film is excellent, showing the cultural values of idealism, family, and fear. The Breakfast Club addresses stereotyping very well. It shows how everyone’s lives are different and that everyone has this fear of not fitting in. The film is a comedy and drama from the teens running around, to them making fun of each other’s lunches. This film is set 30 years ago but still provides an understanding of the teenager’s peer culture and how they interact. 

As the characters in The characters struggle with the need to be perfect in the eyes of their parents, and their actions reflect it. Family troubles are an important aspect of the story. During the movie, I began to notice that the characters have a fear of rejection, whether it be from parents or classmates. This makes them isolate themselves from explicit stereotypical groups. At the closing of the movie, the teens also display a fear of their relationships coming to end after detention. The Breakfast Club eliminates common stereotypes by showing how each person is the same and going through the same struggles in life.

This film does an excellent job of showing the stereotypes, the cultural clash between teenagers and adults, and how parents shape the high school experience of each child. High school, hearing those words you might think of good memories, or you might think of bad ones. Whichever it is, you can relate to the stereotypes that are shown in the film. Maybe in high school, you were the geek who wanted to date the prom queen or the big-time athlete who hated the criminals. Or perhaps you were the basket case that wanted nothing more to be the prom queen. No matter which one, in the end, The Breakfast Club is easy to connect to.

One of the readings talks about the general underlying subject of a particular story, a recurring idea that often illuminates an aspect of the human condition. I think the theme of this story brings to light the elements of teenagers in the 80s and still today. This film is still so relevant to society, 35 years later, because it captures the societal ideas of stereotyping, the stigma of mental illness and bullying, which are genuine issues and tell a remarkable story. 

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What’s In A Name?

I’m sure at this point you all know my name is Lauren and if you don’t it’s pretty self-explanatory from my blog name. I have a few different nicknames from the people closest to me, my family calls me “Lee,” but don’t ask me where that came from because I have no idea. Some of my friends call me “Lo” and “Laur” but those are a little more obvious nicknames for Lauren.  I’ve been told from time to time that I don’t look like a “Lauren,” which is odd cause… that’s my name. I mean really, what does a “Lauren” look like? Or mean? Well here is what I found out about my name…

Wikipedia tells me that my name could mean “laurel tree”, “sweet of honor”, or “wisdom”. I’d say I’m full of brains, so wisdom could make sense. (lol) It was the most popular in America in the 80s and 90s. It makes sense since I was born in the 1990s. 

According to the website Behind the Name, it was first popular as a female name by the actress Betty Jean Perske, who used Lauren Bacall as her stage name.

And last but certainly not least, good ole’ Urban Dictionary. “Lauren” is 

  • Crazy and not bothered about people’s opinions.
  • A little stubborn
  • Has a great sense of humor. 
  • “The kind of person you want to keep in your life forever because she really can brighten your darkest days.”
  • Not quick to trust anyone but she’s also not quick to judge.
  • “She is human yet at the same time angelic.”

Urban Dictionary had some pretty interesting things to say about my name, above are some of the descriptions of a “Lauren” that I found. 

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Welcome to Paradise

My dream vacation is to rent a campervan, road trip for a few months and visit the national parks of the United States and big landmarks. Everyone plans their dream vacation to “paradise” and wants to go to tropical islands with white sand a clear blue water, which is great and so much fun, but there are so many hidden gems in the U.S. Most people who live in the U.S. don’t realize how many cool things you can do in this country. A big reason why my dream vacation is a road trip is that you don’t have to be on a strict schedule, and you can explore amazing places for as long as you’d like. 

Exploring on a road trip is something you can make up as you go, you don’t necessarily have to plan a route, and there is no need to stress about your plans because you can make it up as you go along the open road. I would also just like to visit different parts of the U.S. because I’ve never really gone off the east coast. I have gone to tropical places with my family but never other parts of our country. Renting a campervan would be an epic experience too. I would not have to worry about booking hotels for nights at all the different places. AND I can bring my puppy, Ruby, with me to explore new places.   

Grand Canyon

San Francisco

Yosemite

Seattle

Yellowstone

Coincidentally, I am planning a graduation road trip for my best friend and me, and this assignment made me so much more excited about it! 

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“No-one Puts Baby in a Corner”

This post is for the writing assignment, Write a Movie Review. The movie I chose to review for this assignment is Dirty Dancing (1987). The 1980s theme is perfect for this writing assignment because so many amazing movies came out during the decade. It just so happens that some of my favorite movies came out of it, too.

Is there anything better and more romantic and cuter than this movie and their passion. ABSOLUTELY NOT. A timeless feel-good romantic film with a confidence boost, and sooo much emotion coming from the acting. The movie came out in 1987 and after this many years, it’s still one of the best romance movies. And side note, what’s better than a young Patrick Swayze? If you haven’t seen it, I highly recommend it, 10/10!

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Happy. Euphoric. Ecstatic.

This post is the writing assignment, emotional Lyrics. I chose songs that make me happy and I thought I would use the 80s theme for this post and use only songs released in that decade. Here are the songs I picked and why I picked them:

Girls Just Want to Have Fun (1983): This song makes me feel happy because it is super upbeat and an anthem for feminists of the 1980s and the music video illustrates the way women can have relationships and fun, without men! If you read the lyrics, it is an anthem for young, independent, working women, who are finding their feet for the first time. 

Walking on Sunshine (1983): The song walking on sunshine by Katrina and the Waves just embodies being super happy. The title itself is an amazing metaphor for being really happy and in love. 

Don’t Worry Be Happy (1988): I think this song makes everyone feel happy, honestly. The lyrics are optimistic in this song, even though there is a lot of problems to overcome. This song just reminds people to be positive even in hard times. 

If these songs don’t make you happy, I don’t know what does!

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What. A. Week. 2.

This week went a lot better than last week, for sure! I explored WordPress and the different ways to customize my blog, I did different assignments and, of course, the Daily Creates. I did a visual assignment, a writing assignment, and an AnimatedGIF assignment for this week. My favorite assignment was the AnimatedGIF assignment, it was tons of fun to work on my GIF and I felt like I could really get creative with it. However, this week, I learned that I really need to up my participation and work on my time management.

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Magic Eight-Ball GIF

As the third assignment I decided to do for this week, I chose to do the TXT Gifs assignment. The goal of the assignment is to make a GIF with 2 or more frames each with contradicting thoughts. I wanted to make it really fun, so I thought of a Magic Eight-Ball because what’s more contradicting than that? I had a lot of fun making this. Originally, I tried to design it on Photoshop but I ended up using Microsoft Word. Once the image was created, I used the website Giphy to make the animated GIF. Here is what I came up with…