Meet Fizza Joffrey, New Culture Pundit

About Fizza: Fizza Joffrey is a recent graduate of University of California, Riverside, lover of One Direction (yep) and brand new to PolicyMic. Her application essay, "How to avoid getting married and following your dreams (alternatively titled: resisting the influences of your parents)," won us over and earned her a spot on our culture writing team.

(From Fizza) What well-meaning parent doesn't want their child to have a stable life and picket fence with 2.5 children? Here's how to break their hold, but not their hearts. 

1. Tell them you're going to pursue your Master's degree. This is one of the most common yet fool-proof excuses out there. Tried and tested by yours truly. It should hold them off for at least a good two years. 

9. If nothing else works, run away to Paris with a Zayn Malik look-alike. I would put a ring on that so fast...

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