Sean Watson English 101-W05 Professor Alicia Mariano June 12, 2018 Interview Q: Tell me about Marquita Sparks. Marquita: “Well, (laughs), I am a 34 year old single mother. Born in Honduras, but raised in New Orleans most of my life. I’m a college graduate, working on my Master’s degree in Information Technology as we speak. I will not lie…I’ve had a pretty tumultuous past, to say the least. But, I’m proud of who I am right now. I’ve got plenty of work to do, though.” Q: When you say “tumultuous past”, what do you mean? Marquita: “Oh, honey, I’ve been molested, drugged, using drugs, beaten, shot at twice, you name it! But for every seemingly bad thing that has occurred, I’ve had an equal amount of triumphs, so it’s not all bad.” (Laughs) Q: (Laughs) Hey. I am NOT here to judge. Who were some of your greatest influences growing up? Marquita: My mother, and my grandparents. I grew up with my grandmother. My mother had me when she was 19 to my biological father who failed to tell her that he was about to be married very soon, and left her to have me alone. Given that circumstance, she had not quite figured out the whole parenting thing. So to deter my mother from having a harder time with me, my grandparents told my mother to work and they would rear me. I honestly do not know where I’d be if they hadn’t done that. Not because my mother was a bad mother…she was a great mom. I say that because they gave her a chance to make a way for me. My grandparents and I were very close. Especially my grandma and I. Q: What was it like growing up with your grandmother? Were you ever jealous of other kids who had their parents? Did you ever feel resentment towards your mother? Marquita: “My grandmother taught me everything I know. Growing up with her, she taught me right from wrong, and I thought that she was perfect. She taught how to deal with stressful situations, and to strive for excellence. She was very old-fashioned, so she sheltered me a lot.
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