student, athlete, campaigner and peanut butter expert.
Sophia Parvizi-Wayne is an international distance athlete, currently studying History, International Relations and Journalism at Duke University, North Carolina. She prides herself on her expert knowledge on the best brunches in whatever location she finds herself in and the mis-spelt farsi tattoo on her left wrist.
Materialism is a trait that defines both rich and poor. It isn't about holding wealth but a system that is "pre-occupied with the possessions and social image they project". We are all materialistic , whether we like it or not. To some extent, we have no control in this. We are constantly fed advertisements encouraging us to act as consumers rather than citizens and a level of obsession is sadly needed because money supports and sustains us.
The life I have here is one I never want to give up and one that if given the opportunity, I wish every person could experience. America may be a huge cultural shock but it's been the best shock of my adolescent life.
Craig, you made my day. Actually Craig, scrap that. You made my week. You reminded me that regardless of the dire political and economic states of my two residences (London and North Carolina), there are still some incredible people out there. You may not have written an acclaimed novel on the collapse of the Soviet Union or performed Chopin blindfolded but you made me and my mum smile a lot.
Both my uncles are obsessive shoppers, both of whom are equally obsessive about paying the bill at any given restaurant. Both my grandfathers died from a smoking addiction and my Grandma has a tendency to clean manically when stressed. Three members of my family have a tendency to over-eat and are incapable of stopping and my mum can't sit still until all the drawers and doors in the house are shut.
Fully recovered, I am eighteen going on fifty three and wishing I was seven again. I wish that I could go to school and feel no pressure to look a certain way and I wish that I was still oblivious to the concept of calories, macro-nutrients, the five-two diet and good old Mr Atkins.
22/02/2016 17:46 GMT
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