Sharon W.

You're Not The Only One

Who I interviewed.

I interviewed Vivian C.

What years were you in middle school (7th-8th grade)?

She was in middle school, 7th to 8th grade from 1999-2001.

What kinds of music, movies, and fashions were popular at the time?

Music: Britney Spears, Christina Aguilera, Brian Mcknight, SClub7, Monica, TLC, Maria Carey, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Destiny's child, K-Ci and JoJo, Third Eye Blind, Goo Goo Dolls, and Eminem.

Movies: The Matrix, The Sixth Sense, She's All That, Rugrats, Nick-at-Night, Charlie's Angels, Bring It On.

Fashion: Chokers for necklaces/bracelets, highlights in hair, off the shoulder shirts/tops, halter tops, rhinestone on clothing, Swarvoski jewelry, flare jeans, Sketchers or Adidas brand shoes.
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What were your favorite activities in middle school? What were your hobbies and interests?

Her favorite activities in middle school are, spending time with friends at the after school center (playing air hockey, soccer, volleyball), spending time with friends at their house watching movies or doing homework, talking on the phone with girl friends, traveling and playing with her orchestra. Her hobbies and interests are, talking and listening to people, giving advice to friends, spending time with friends, listening to music, writing, track, volleyball, tennis, judo, dance, violin/orchestra, and starting to go to church and learning about herself.

What job/interests/activities do you have now? Is there a connection between what you like back then and what you enjoy now?

Current job/interest/activities: She is a mental health clinician and she does individual and family therapy with children and adults. Vivian enjoy being with people and serving those around her. She didn't realize it when she was younger, but all those conversations with friends and strangers trained and equipped Vivian to become a better listener and grow her heart for people. Vivian enjoys engaging in physical activities as she had when she was in middle school though had much less time to do it. She frequently wishes she had never quit music so she can express herself through music now. While her perspective and comfort zone has broaden, She believes many parts of he are still like middle school self.
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What was the best part about being in middle school?

Best part of middle school: While she didn't always love it at the time, it would be learning- learning about her interests, what she was good at, what she didn't like, what kind of person she wanted to become, and the kind of people she chooses to surround herself with.

What was the worst part?

The worst part of middle school was figuring out how to fit in and where she belongs.
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How would you describe your middle school self?

In middle school she was quiet, observant, eager to please, a growing leader, a listener, and active.

What advice about growing up would you give to kids my age?

"When I was younger, I spent a lot of time, energy, and emotions looking for confirmation that I was loved. Because I thought being loved meant I was free. I would be free to make mistakes, to be disliked, and not to know all the answers. I could do all that and it would be okay because no matter what happened, I would still be loved. In my research, what I found instead was that I was the best version of me I could have been in each season of my life. I was what I was looking for. You may and likely do the same. Most people do, but I want to be one of the people in your life to let you know early on that you are loved. I believe if you hear that enough, you will spend less time looking for evidence to support that you are loved, and just start living like you are awesome enough to be loved. Then each time you make mistakes, you would know it means you have taken risks and learn what you are capable of. Every dislike means you should stand up for something you believe in. And not know everything means you get to spend the rest of your life learning the extent of your AWESOMENESS!!!"

How tall were you when you were in middle school? How tall are you now?

When she was in middle school, I was 5"2. She is currently 5"2.

Was your voice higher or lower than your voice now?

The range of her voice has been the same since she was in middle school.