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  • Chris (ME): (Alarm Clock) I’m Chris Mott and I live in a family of five with one younger brother and one older sister and two parents. I go to west high school and currently as sophomore my life consists around school and sports. My younger brothers name is Brendan and he also attends West High School. He is a freshman that plays football and baseball. My sister is a senior and also attends West. she is planning on going to the university of Iowa and becoming a nurse. Both of my parents are fairly successful people and we live in the middle class and have many family friends. We are pretty much a common family on the outside, but when you look into it, things are much more complicated. Kids in my family are supposed to be straight A students and are supposed to get high ACT scores and go to a good college and live a good life, when someone says that no one has those expectations .. and that you can do whatever you want, that’s not how my life is. My family seems as if I have to fill all of their expectations.

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    Chris: My mom grew up being a straight A student, and being the lead in the school plays, and being in the orchestra and was also a triathlete. from high school she went to the university of iowa and went to law school to become Lawyer and after that she created her own law firm and ran her own business. for my dad grew up in highschool being an average student but at his junior year he started to good in football. and he got a full ride scholarship to play football at iowa. from college football he continued his football career and went to play in the NFL for 5 more years. My parents live successfully I have worked hard to get where they are. So when I come home from school after football I'm expected to do 2 to 3 hours of homework and study so I can get straight A's and I'm also expected to play at least one sport. I used to be a triathlete but that was just too much to juggle so I dropped basketball and baseball and only play football. My parents would be disappointed if I play no sports at all.

    Interview with my mom
    Chris: what made you chose where to live?

    Shelly: I was born and raised in Tipton Iowa which is about 30 minutes north east of the Iowa city area so most of my family lives in this area my brother my parents all live over in Tipton still my aunts and uncles all live around here and I chose to go to the University of Iowa back in 1987 after I graduated from high school so I was familiar with the area and met my husband while we were going to college here at Iowa and he did not, his job was professional football and was in New York and California and Green Bay and after he was done with football we decided to move away from New York.

    Interview with my dad

    Chris: where do you see your three kids in the future?

    Joe: in what way physically, or what they are doing?

    Chris: occupation and family

    Joe:Jenna I see being a nurse because she would be a fantastic nurse where she’s going to live I don’t know maybe she’ll will move away for a while but I think that she want to come home as far as being around brothers brothers and being around her mom and dad, Chris Lacy being an engineer and I don’t know where I see him living Chris could go from one extreme to the other from the city to the country from coast of the mountains I’m not sure, Brandon I see Brandon living out of the city for sure see you living in the country somewhere where are he’s has some land to roam around I wouldn’t be surprised if bren lives in mountains for a while maybe Alaska for a little bit so he can pursue his wild hunting trains and I definitely see him coming back toward his family his mom dad brother sister.

    Chris: I just don't understand what to do because I'm always getting home and fighting with myself and telling myself that I have to do this and I have to do that just to fill my parents needs but, I want to do what I want to do and I want my parents to realize that I'm not a perfect child and nobody's perfect and they aren't perfect either. I just don't know how to tell them that because I don't want to hurt my parents I would never intend to hurt them I know it will hurt them if I tell them that I feel they are pushing me too hard because they will feel like they let me down. If only one of these times they would realize how much work I'm putting into things and they would see that I'm trying extremely hard and trying my best and sometimes the outcome is not always good.

    Chris: what do you expect out of me school wise?

    Shelly: that you do your best to take challenging courses and work as hard as you can to get the best grades as possible. And to accomplish a 4.0 if possible

    Chris: what would you think if I didn't accomplish those goals?

    Shelly: well I wouldn't think less of you I would think there's an extraordinary circumstance that would prevent you from reaching your ultimate goal of happiness and finding a balance and determining what you're doing there would have to be a life event that occurred medically or otherwise.

    Chris: now that I look back on it I Kinda realize that what my parents are doing is good for me and the expectations are put on me are good and will help me be successful later in life and I know understands that them being my pants they don't like to see me fail like to see me be successful in life and for me to choose the easy way out would be doing what they've been teaching me not to do my whole life. I just get caught up in all of the work because high school is a big step to take on and sometimes I just want to lay down and put everything aside and not worry about anything but I should do the complete opposite and I should go full speed and work as hard as I can because it will pay off later in life. And that is what my parents have been trying to teach me my entire life. I should really take my parents opinion into consideration more and not turn it down the second I hear it because they have lived a successful life and I've passed through all of these lessons and I should make an attempt to do so also. Bye.
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