Individual Interaction

By: Katy Blake

My friends:

I'm friends with Deborah and Nina because of exposure in guard.


I'm friends with CallieAnn because of physical appearance, nothing more, she's just really cute.


I became friends with Kelsey because of physical appearance.


I'm friends with Lillee because of reward values, I got a project done because of becoming friends with her.


I'm friends with Ally because I get to hang out with her family, they make me feel like I have another family to go to. I don't much like her though.


I'm friends with Kaitlyn and Lauren because they are complimentary to me.


I'm friends with Braden because of approval.

First Impressions and Catagorization

I look for the person being nice and funny when I meet someone for the first time. When someone is nice and can make me laugh it kind of turns on my interest in being their friend.

I categorize my friends by who I can talk to about certain things. For example, some friends I can talk to about relationship issues and they can relate and understand, some friends I can talk to about home life issues and some friends I talk to about less serious things and just kind of joke round with. There is a category with only like 2-3 people in it where I can talk about anything and everything about for different personal reasons.

Stereotypes

I automatically think of cheerleaders as mean and rude and I try to stay away and not make friends with them. This stereotype was formed because of past experiences and I think TV shows also portray this stereotype beginning from when we are young.

When I walk into a church the first thing I think of is that they're going to be mean and closed minded and judgemental. This stereotype was formed due to past experiences, I spent years in a church like that and now that I'm in a new church that stereotype is slowly fading out but also causes me to have the stereotype that Lutheran churches have really nice people in it because the only Lutheran churches I've been to have been really super friendly.

Interview with my Mom

Q: How do you feel about LGBT rights and life choices?

A: Love it! They need to have equal rights and I think that the world has progressed a lot over the last few years, but still has a long way to go.

Q: How do you feel about body modification like tattoos, piercings, plastic surgery? Also, along those lines, people are starting to do "permanent make up" and tattooing eyeliner onto their eyelids, how do you feel about that as well?

A: It's everyone's personal right. I feel like everyone needs to really think hard about making permanent decisions for their bodies, but it's still all their own choices.

Q: How do you feel about politics today?

A: I don't really follow it much. I've not really ever been a very political person. However, I lean more towards the liberal/democratic side. I still believe in the rights to bear arms like the republicans, but I love the LGBT rights, pro-choice, low income family protection of the democrats.

Interview with my Step Dad

Q: How do you feel about LGBT rights and life choices?

A: I feel that any rights that come with a "traditional" marriage or relationship, should also come with any other kind. People can't help who they are attracted to or love and they definitely shouldn't be punished for wanting to be with someone that fits either of those criteria... I do think that should rise up and get a better logo than a rainbow though... Maybe a lightning strike, or a porcupine with an iPod... Just saying.

Q: How do you feel about body modification like tattoos, piercings, plastic surgery? Also, along those lines, people are starting to do "permanent make up" and tattooing eyeliner onto their eyelids, how do you feel about that as well?

A: I have mixed feelings towards body modifications. During the course of my life, my tastes have changed so many times and sometimes so drastically, that I would probably advise against getting any body mod that doesn't mean a lot to you, like a child's name, or something in memory of a loved one. Having said that, I understand that some people feel like they need to make bold statements about themselves to help them feel in control or powerful in their own body. If they need that, I would never fault someone for it. Speaking on permanent makeup, I guess I feel the same as I said earlier, tastes have changed so often in the past, it's so hard to predict whether you will come to really regret something like that later. I would advise against permanently forcing yourself to just one option.

Q: How do you feel about politics today?

A: I hate politics. In my opinion, the government is so split that nothing good can ever get done. Everybody opposes everybody else as a rule. There is no unification. The only way we could ever become as great as we used to be is with a dictator. Someone with the power to actually make significant changes that can't be smothered by everybody else's agendas. Just a thought...