A Little Bit of Me…(Alli, Age 11)
(Excerpt from an interview between Alli’s mom (Sharon) and Alli, October 23rd, 2013)
(Mom): Tell me a little about yourself.
(Alli): I’m 11 years old and in the sixth grade. I love animals and I love to make different characters of animals when I draw. I have a passion for drawing and I enjoy swimming, chorus and playing outside with my friends.
(Mom): What’s the best part about being 11?
(Alli): Still being young, but old enough to do some things by myself, like going to the movies with friends.
(Mom): What’s the hardest part about being 11?
(Mom): Tell me more.
(Alli): Well, last year was hard. When you’re bullied, you feel small…sort of like a bug being crushed by a shoe.
(Mom): Is it hard for you to stand up for yourself?
(Alli): Sometimes I feel helpless to change the situation.
(Mom): If your friend was being bullied, what advice would you give her?
(Alli): I would encourage her to try and stand up for herself by confronting the bully. If she can’t, I would tell her to try and ignore it and/or tell an adult.
(Mom): What makes you feel courageous?
(Alli): When I want to do or learn something new, seeing someone else do it first helps give me the confidence to try myself.
(Mom): What’s the bravest thing you’ve ever done?
(Alli): Standing up to a bully.
(Mom): Shifting gears…
(Mom): What does the Global Girls Project mean to you?
(Alli): It means helping other girls stand up for themselves and for them to have their own thoughts about the world.
(Mom): Why is this important?
(Alli): Girls should have the right to follow their own dreams and to be true to themselves.
(Mom): If you had to choose just one piece of advice to pass on to other girls, what would it be?
(Alli): Follow your dreams.
(Mom): What’s your dream, Alli?
(Alli): To work with animals, but not as a surgeon vet…I’m too squeamish around injured animals!
(Alli): Erin Hunter (author of the Seekers, Survivors and Warriors book series). She’s my favorite author and absolutely loves animals like I do!
(Mom): Would it surprise you to learn that Erin Hunter is actually a pseudonymn for six different female children’s authors? Turns out that all six of them love animals as much as you do and all write for the series!
(Alli): I knew there were six people, but I had no idea there was no actual person named Erin Hunter. I thought five of them wrote with her. Maybe I can meet all six of them some time!!!
(Mom): Thanks, Alli. I’ve really enjoyed out chat! Last question…
(Mom): You recently created your own page on this site. What can readers look forward to at Alli’s Corner?
(Alli): ME!!! 🙂by