An adolescent is classified as someone within the age ranges of 10 and 19 years old. Most adolescents at this age are still unsure of what they want to do in life and are still trying to decide. These children are faced with difficult decisions throughout their teenage years and some will falter along the way, but others are focused and will refuse to succumb to peer pressure.
My interview candidate is Ashlin, a 14 year old girl who is by my estimation, not a typical adolescent. My interview with her revealed to me that she is more focused than most adolescents and very disciplined. She decided to become a doctor at age two and is still of that mindset 12 years later. She is good at gardening loves to do it, she loves decorating, swimming, math, modeling, science and is very meticulous at doing chores. Her major challenge is that her parents may not be able to afford medical school even if she gets the grades to enter. She is multi-talented and does not keep a lot of friends as, she said they can be a distraction at times.
14 year old girl.
- Where do you live? Do you live with others, alone, in a boarding house etc?
- I live in Hawthorne, New Jersey, with my mom, dad and sister.
- Do you have time to do things that are fun?
- Yes definitely, I read books, play with my second cousin, who is a year older than I am, or my sister who is 7 months old, play games and go places with my family.
- What kinds of things are fun to you?
- Going for long drives, playing games and doing stretching exercises, also playing with my baby sister .
- What kind of things do you and your family do together?
- We go to the country a lot, stay at hotels, or go to the beach, play games and watch Television.
- Are there things you would like to do in your spare time that you do not do now?
- Yes, I would like very much to learn to do gymnastics.
- Do you attend any sporting events or enjoy observing them?
- Yes, I attend football matches with my dad and tennis and swimming with my mom.
- Are there any sports you particularly enjoy participating in?
- Yes, Swimming and tennis.
- Do you look forward to vacations?
- Yes, very much. I think that it is my time to unwind and relax.
- How do you spend your vacations?
- With my family. My friends will come over and spend time with me, but I am not allowed to go to anyone’s house. My dad thinks bad people are in the most unlikely places.
- Do you have relatives you get together with fairly often?
- Yes, we have barbecues and family gathering as well as socials and other gatherings, at least three times per year.
- Do you have good friends you see often? How often?
- Yes, both from prep school and high school. The ones from high school I see everyday, except holidays and the ones from prep school I don’t see that often, but correspond with them via phone and internet.
- How did you meet them?
- As I said earlier, in school. Oh, I also have neighbors and church friends too who are my friends .
- What kind of things do you do together?
- We talk, laugh and play games.
- Do you enjoy watching television? What kinds of things do you watch? How much time do you spend watching TV?
- Yes, I enjoy watching Disney, Nickelodeon and my sister’s channel, Discovery kids. Well, I only get to watch on weekends, after I have completed my chores.
Ashlin is 14 years old and live with her mom, dad and 7 month old sister. Her major occupations are gardening, modeling, swimming and decorating. She loves to play with her baby sister. She attends a private high school and does not like her uniform very much. She is in grade 9. She is not a fan of technology as other kids her age are, she will use the phone, but like her father, not much. She is an avid reader and someone I would consider well-rounded.
Her greatest challenge is that her parents are not able to afford some things, so she was taught that what she doesn’t have, she should do without. She has all of the things that an adolescent would want to have, to make them comfortable, but she doesn’t make it a problem. Her strength is her ability to multi-task at such a young age.
She appears to be an introvert, but was polite to everyone that she saw passing by. Maybe she’s just disciplined. Based on Piaget’s theory, I think that she is in the formal operational stage and has been for a while. Evidence of this is that she was able to decide that she wanted to become a doctor since she was 2 years of age. She is also interested in stocks, bonds, FX trading, creating a portfolio for her finances and starting a business as her backup plan.
Ashlin seems to be an above average adolescent in her pursuits and hobbies, but seems lacking in her social skills as she would much rather speak on the phone. Her sense of humor is excellent, but she is not easily swayed in her decisions. She is just like others her age, in that, she is concerned about her appearance and style of dressing, she is beautiful, but has boldly declared that boys are for later as she has her education to pursue.
The interview was fun, I really enjoyed talking to this young lady. It was refreshing to say the least, to see someone so young, but yet so focused and determined to get what she wants out of life. It took place in her backyard on a bench under some trees. We were both comfortable because she loved nature. She displayed poise, attentiveness, great communication and listening skills and humor. To get an understanding of her and how others were, in comparison, I used the occupational performance history interview as it shows certain aspects of a person’s life.
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