You're Not The Only One

Brendan McAteer

What years were you in middle school?

I interviewed my sister. "2004-2005-2006"

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

"The Saw movies were really big, punk/goth was really popular music at the time and Abercrombie and Fitch stores was where everyone went to."

What were your favorite activities in middle school? What were your hobbies and interests?

"The internet, online media, music, shopping, drawing and cooking."

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

"I still like to cook, I still really like school and I wish I could go back and I still really like video games too."

What was the best part about being in middle school?

"My friends that I got to see again and all the other friends I ended up making."

What was the worst part?

"The bullying."

How would you describe your middle school self?

"Shy, Awkward, Funny but I had a good group of friends."

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

"Everything you do in 7th grade is really easy its going to be so much worse next year, the small stuff that mattered in 7th grade will seem huge at the time but small in high school. Also boyfriends/girlfriends in middle school don't matter."

What kind of clothing was popular in middle school?

"Ripped jeans, wrist bands, black band t-shirts, heavy eyeliner and converses."

What kind of technology was coming out at the time?

"In middle school the iPod just came out, so it made you crazy popular to have one, also the internet was also very popular."