Morel,Sofia

You're Not The Only One

What years were you in middle school?

My mother was in middle school from 1983-1986. Back then they had 6th,7th,and 8th grade in middle school,so that is why she was there for three years.

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

The kind of music that was popular at the time was pop and break dance music.Artists like Lisa Lisa,Prince,LL Cool J,Michael Jackson,Janet Jackson, and Dougie Fresh. Popular movies were Can't Buy Me Love, Grease, E.T, Star Wars, Indiana Jones, and Xanadu. Popular fashion styles were leg warmers, Addidas Shelltop Sneakers, big hair, and anything that is neon florescent colored.

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

My mom was only in a dance club because she worked at her parents restaurant most of the time.

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

My mom still listens to music from her generation. The job she has now and has had for a long time is being a paralegal at the courthouse.Her activities now are being a mom and a wife.

What was the best part of being in middle school?

She met her two best friends that she still has to this day.

What was the worst part?

The worst part for her was being the only Chinese person in the school. She was looked at differently because of her culture, to this day she still is looked at differently.

How would you describe your middle school self?

She was shy and studious.

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

Focus on your academics more than drama because life goes on.

What middle school did you go to?

My mom went to Roger Williams Middle School.

Would you consider middle school your wonder years?

Yes, because she thinks of it as growing into her teenage years.