New Show 'Grown-Ish' Captures College Life... In A Way

New Show 'Grown-Ish' Captures College Life... In A Way

*Spoilers Ahead* If you haven't seen the most recent episode, click away.

School always looks better on TV. It never fails. For example, Zoey 101, raise your hand if you always wanted to go to PCA. Same. College on the short-lived sitcom, A Different World, was cool too but there was a touch of a struggle because, unfortunately, it was actually college and they actually did work and had grades. So, makes sense, but it was still cool. I wanted to befriend Dwayne and Ron because they were the definition of "cool guy friends". But, today, there's a new show, this year, called Grown-ish. It's a spinoff of Black-ish. I wasn't a fan of Black-ish but once I found out that Grown-ish would follow Zoey's collegiate career and how she adjusts to her different surroundings, I figured I'd check it out.

Though Grown-ish is another show that makes you jealous that your school isn't like that one, it's a pretty accurate depiction of how some of us handle situations. That and each episode is named after a popular song. But that isn't important.

Being a freshman and not knowing as much "stuff" as your college friends is quite common. In one of the first episodes, Zoey mentions how she and Aaron, Trevor Jackson, "hooked up" which apparently takes on multiple meanings. She just thought it was...

That awkward moment on the C.R.E.A.M episode when Cash "outed" Zoey's virginity was actually pretty interesting. The way it is portrayed in the episode shows that it's so easy for someone to betray your trust. Though, I understand that anyone would be embarrassed to find out that their sexual history was viewed by "130,000 people" as Zoey so eloquently put it. I do understand that Zoey was more upset that she confided in Cash with her personal business than the fact that she is actually a virgin. He kind of also did it for a selfish reason, but I digress.

This show outlines the use of drugs to help students concentrate on their work. Remember when Zoey was kind of on Adderall in an earlier episode because she wasn't sure how to balance it all? Yeah, that went well. (Sarcasm)


I love how these issues are presented and they are solved in a "real life" way that the common college student would handle it. All in all, it's a really nice show that is more interesting than one of those shows you've seen in school to teach you to "say no to drugs" and those videos you were forced to watch in Sex Ed. It may even be a little more interesting than Coach Carr.

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I Blame My Dad For My High Expectations

Dad, it's all your fault.

I always tell my dad that no matter who I date, he's always my number one guy. Sometimes I say it as more of a routine thing. However, the meaning behind it is all too real. For as long as I can remember my dad has been my one true love, and it's going to be hard to find someone who can top him.

My dad loves me when I am difficult. He knows how to keep the perfect distance on the days when I'm in a mood, how to hold me on the days that are tough, and how to stand by me on the days that are good.

He listens to me rant for hours over people, my days at school, or the episode of 'Grey's Anatomy' I watched that night and never once loses interest.

He picks on me about my hair, outfit, shoes, and everything else after spending hours to get ready only to end by telling me, “You look good." And I know he means it.

He holds the door for me, carries my bags for me, and always buys my food. He goes out of his way to make me smile when he sees that I'm upset. He calls me randomly during the day to see how I'm doing and how my day is going and drops everything to answer the phone when I call.

When it comes to other people, my dad has a heart of gold. He will do anything for anyone, even his worst enemy. He will smile at strangers and compliment people he barely knows. He will strike up a conversation with anyone, even if it means going way out of his way, and he will always put himself last.

My dad also knows when to give tough love. He knows how to make me respect him without having to ask for it or enforce it. He knows how to make me want to be a better person just to make him proud. He has molded me into who I am today without ever pushing me too hard. He knew the exact times I needed to be reminded who I was.

Dad, you have my respect, trust, but most of all my heart. You have impacted my life most of all, and for that, I can never repay you. Without you, I wouldn't know what I to look for when I finally begin to search for who I want to spend the rest of my life with, but it might take some time to find someone who measures up to you.

To my future husband, I'm sorry. You have some huge shoes to fill, and most of all, I hope you can cook.

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