Essay 1: Interview with my mother about education

Essay about my mother’s education

I interviewed my mother on Sunday noon. I
would describe her as a lovely, a successful, a neat, a responsible and a nice
person and also I must say that she is the best mother of the world. Before the
interview, she was very nervous before she didn’t have any idea about what the
questions were about, but then I told her that the topic of the interview was
about how was her education the time she lived with her parents. From all the
questions I asked her I found these answers that I considered as important for
this essay.

 

One of the questions I asked her what was the
highest level of education their parents completed and also was it difficult
coming from a family that achieved low educational credentials and she
answered: “My mother and my father completed elementary school until fifth
grade; even though it wasn’t too difficult because I worked since I got
everything that I achieved. Also because my parents worked a lot and hard in
order to make a lot of progress together and also to achieve our objectives”
(Benavides, Angela). According to Angela, her mother’s parents did not
completed all the education levels in her country, they only studied until
fight grade; which means that they did not have enough experience in order to
go neither to college nor to get a job. In addition, she said that it was not
too difficult her parent’s situation because her mother had to work since she
was a child and they thank God because they worked a lot and hard in order to
achieve her objectives.

Another question that I asked my mother about
was if there was that difficult to raise children, to work, and to study at the
same time and then she answered: “Yes, a lot. It was difficult because I was
mother too young and I counted on my parents- in law who helped me with the
rising of my children because my husband and I worked together.” (Benavides,
Angela). According to Angela, it was very hard and difficult to raise her first
child and in those years, she counted with her parents-in law because she and
her husband had to work at the same time. Also, they told me that it was very
important to raise their child in that way in order to learn more about the
parenthood and this was a sign of earlier and faster maturity that was a
positive factor in their period as earlier parents.

 

One question which answer caught my attention
was if there were any kinds of needs that they had to face in order to continue
and she answered: “I had lack of money in order to pay my education and another
one is the necessity to have a domestic servant.”(Benavides, Angela). This answer
was too interesting to hear because I have no idea that the economic factor has
been a disadvantage through the years in terms of education because not only
her parents but also mine too have had economic matter that has affected the
population not only of my country but also of the world.

 

Despite of all the questions that I asked my
mom, there was a curious and funny question about what kind of student she was
not only in school but also in college, and she answered: I was an excellent
and outstanding. In spite of being a good student, I was undisciplined because
I liked to catch the attention from other people and also because I liked to
make jokes too.” (Benavides, Angela). According to Angela, her mom was a smart
student, because she liked to study hard in order to get high grades; but she
said that she was very funny and she loved making jokes in high school.

 

The last question that was too important for
my interview was about what was the hardest thing about a parent today and she
answered: “The hardest thing of being a parent today is to fulfill
responsibilities involving be, such as leaving work early and take care of the
job because without a job I would not have success and I could not meet the
needs of my house and children.” (Benavides, Angela). This answer was amazing
to heard because being a father or a mother is not as easy as I though and
being in her side. Also, a person does not born being a father or a mother
taking into account that this is a huge responsibility that we as future
parents should have to think more about.

 

 

WORKEs CITED

Benavides, Angela. Personal Interview.4 Mar
2012

 

Interview about Education with my
mother

  •  When were you born? Or how old are you?

7 September
1957. I’m 52

  •  Where were you born?

Ibague,
Colombia

  •  List five adjectives that describe
    you.

Lovely, successful, neat,
responsible, nice

  • What
    is the highest level of education you have completed?

College, postgraduate

  • What
    is one of your weaknesses, and how are you working to improve it?

I want to improve the unpunctuality

  • What
    is the highest level of education your parents completed?

My father and my mother completed elementary
school until fifth grade

  • Was
    that difficult, coming from a family that achieved low educational credentials?

No, it wasn’t too difficult because
I worked since I was a kid and I got everything that I achieved. Also My
parents worked a lot and hard in order to make a lot of progress together and
to achieve our objectives

  • What
    is your profession?

Civil and financial Lawyer

  • Who
    were your educational role models? Why?

None, because I
thought that the studio wanted to make, I knew I would succeed and I would
reach the jobs that I have always longed.

  • Was
    that difficult to raise children, to work and to study at the same time? How
    did you handle this situation?

Yes, a lot. I
was difficult because I was mother too young and I counted on my parents- in
law who helped me with the rising of my children because my husband and I
worked together.

  • What
    do you expect of me in terms of my education?

My daughter
would fulfill her goals and would be a professional with success.

  • What
    educational goals do you have for your children?

My children
would be lawyers, doctors and an excellent teacher.

  • What
    do you see me doing in ten years?

I want to see
my daughter married with a professional guy

  • Why
    did you want/not want to go to college?

I
wanted to finish my career in the shortest time and I didn’t want finish my
career at night

  •  What kinds of needs (if any) did you have to
    face to continue your education?

I had lack of money in order to pay my education
and to have a domestic servant.

  • Did
    you have an experience in school that left an impression on you? Why?

Yes, in
elementary school, especially in first grade studied with a girl that has a lot
of money and one day, when we left school, a truck killed her. This was very
shocking for me because she liked was impressed because she liked to hang on
back door of the truck.

  • What
    made you choose your major in college?

I love my mayor
because I love reading and it is easy to interpret law for me.

  • Do
    you think that education changed your life? Why?

Yes, my
education changed my life because I changed my standard of living and I helped
keep going my family.

  • How
    does the school encourage parents to get involved in your education?

Because
education is essential and the most important step in order to start an
educative learning for my future children and

  • Tell
    me about your first memory of school.

It was the
first time I learnt the vowels. As I had my older sister, she gave me the
guides in order to understand how to memorize the vowels easier.

  • Tell
    me about the type of student you were.

I was an excellent,
outstanding. Despite of being a good student, I was undisciplined because I
liked to catch the attention and making jokes too.

  • What
    did you most like to do when you were my age?

I liked the
most go to the party with my husband when we had free time. Also I liked the
most dedicate my time studying in order to get the better grades in my college.

  •  What responsibilities did you have in your
    family when you were an adolescent?

When I was a
teenager I had to help paying the rent because I worked since I was 17 years
old.

  • If
    you could change one thing about your own teenage years, what would it be?

I do not change
anything because I lived my adolescence happily.

  • What
    do you like most about being a parent?

I like to share
time with my children in their education and also I like buying gifts.

  • What
    is the biggest responsibility of a parent?

The biggest
responsibility of being a parent is the tolerance, because we have to accept
our children as they are.

  • What
    is the hardest thing about being a parent today?

The hardest thing
of being a parent today is to fulfill responsibilities involving be, such as
leaving work early and take care of the job because without a job I would not
have success and could not meet the needs of my house and my children.

  • What
    lessons did you learn from parents or other adults that you try to pass on?

From my parents
I learnt don’t be vulgar, being honest with all the people despite of my
parents we poor, the taught values.

  • What
    would you change about your past educational background?

From my past
educational background I would change that if I would had more resources I
could have studied more and more graduate careers and also I could have
traveled overseas.

  • What
    level your education was most important to you? Why?

The most
important level of education was College because thanks to it I could be a professional
and get the best job opportunities in the place where I worked.

  • What
    were the subjects you had the most trouble with? Why?

I had trouble
with mathematics and English. Mathematics, because we in that time we had to
memorize all the formulas. Also, in English I hated the professor because he
didn’t have a method to explain the topics. But, in my country unfortunately
the method of English learning is weak because people didn’t think that English
was not important in that time.

  • What
    were the subjects you enjoyed the most? Why?

The subjects I enjoyed the most were Philosophy
and criminal Law penal because I loved reading and I read lot when I was in
college.

  • Were
    you motivated to seek a higher education? If not, would you have still wanted
    to seek one anyway? Why

Yes and I got
always what I wanted and I was motivated for studying

  • Did
    your parents influence your education? Why? How?

Yes, because
they works a lot and hard because for me in order to be a professional. Also
they helped me and my husband with raising our children.

  • What
    kinds of options were available for people who didn’t go to college?

In
Colombia there are Institutions with technical mayors which are cheaper in
order to help people with low assets.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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