You know there are kids that are just rad? That's Olivia. She is the older sister of Bianca. Bianca was one of my first features in the project. She, herself is pretty rad so it would come as no surprise that so is her older sister. Olivia is a teen. Usually, when I hear teenager girl...my automatic thought is to turn in the opposite direction. (I know, I was there once). Not with this girl. She is mature, kind and easy to talk to. Every time my eldest and her little sister hang out to play, she always says hello to me and we'll have a small chat. I get the feeling that she isn't doing it to be polite and that she has a genuine interest in how things are going. She is an incredible soccer player and is currently attending where I also went to high school. Olivia already has goals on where she wants to attend college and I am looking forward to seeing her growth as she enters her later years of high school. I also hope to get out and catch a game of hers one of these days too. If this is our future of our planet and humankind, I feel pretty good.
What is your name and how do we know each other?
"My name is Olivia and I know you because my younger sister is best friends with your daughter."
How old are you?
What are you currently doing with yourself?
"Right now, I am in 10th grade."
Are you where you hoped you would be? If not/ Why? If so-what do you love about it and could you see yourself doing anything else?
"I know where I would like to go to college and I know what I would like to pursue as my major. I hope to RICE university. It’s in Houston, TX. I’m trying to go there with a soccer scholarship and academics. I’ve met the soccer coaching staff and I like how things were run there."
Women are becoming a resilient sound that cannot be silenced. What are you doing to contribute that sound?
"I am trying to promote self confidence. I know many girls who don’t like their bodies and they don’t love themselves. They don’t think they are pretty enough because they 'don’t look like rest of society'. Coming from personal experience, I try to teach them that once you try to love yourself- that people will notice it and be proud of you for that. You can take that and you can show others. The love spreads."
What is something you learned from a younger age that has stuck with you?
"I’ve learned over the years that hard work ethic means you’ll get something out it if you continue at it. It can be applied to school and soccer."
Who is an individual who made a profound impact on you and why?
"Definitely my mom because she is very hard working person. She does everything in her power to make everyone in our family happy and sustainable. Personally, she has taught me how to be a strong and to never let something come between me and my goal. She definitely taught me how to separate anything that is going in my life so I can enjoy it with little things that come with it."
What is a weakness or something that exposes your vulnerability and what do you do to combat/embrace it in order to grow?
"For me, I think that my pride outweighs showing my emotions. My weakness is not being able to show my emotions or express them. To grow, I would tell myself that it’s ok to be vulnerable sometimes and to talk about my emotions."
What is something that you want to accomplish and what are you doing to get to that place, if anything?
"I’m trying to accomplish maintaining a B+ in my Algebra 2 trig. I am asking a lot more questions."
And now..a few questions to lighten the mood...
Dogs or Cats?
Cheeseburgers or Salad?
"Depends on the day"
Beach or Mountains?
"Depends on the weather."
Sweet or Salty?
Lose all of your old memories or never make new ones?
"Lose all my old memories."
Disney..or is there any alternative?
"There’s no alternative."
What is a fun fact that someone may not know about you?
"I can raise both my eyebrows, a la Jim Carrey. I can sing but nobody knows." (They do now :)
And the final two important questions...
What is a common misconception about you that people make based on your appearance? What is your truth and how do you personify strength?
"Well, I’m different person when it comes to school than when it comes to soccer. At school, people think very highly of me. They think that I’m beyond brilliant. With soccer, people think I am an 'incredible player' because of my club team. They think that I am just an intimidating individual. The truth is that I am very competitive. I know what I want. I have an idea of how to get there."
You have inspired me. What about yourself do you hope to put out in order to inspire other young people?
"I would say from what I learned, make sure whatever you’re doing that it makes you happy. If you go through a little slump in the road, you should still continue with the pursuit of happiness."