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Cultural Autobiography

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Transcript of Cultural Autobiography

My Cultural Autobiography
By: Mary Pazmany
white
blonde hair
brown eyes
tall
woman
wears
glasses

young adult
student
Born:
Mary Grace Brooks Pazmany
April 11, 1989
at Montgomery General Hospital in Olney, MD

Only child of Ernesto Pazmany and Kathleen Brooks
Parents are Divorced
Separated when I was an infant
Divorced in February, 1994
Dad remarried in May, 1994
Places I've Lived:
Crofton, MD
Colesville/Silver Spring, MD
Olney, MD
Dad and Stepmom live in Northern Virginia
Currently in Rosslyn
Also own a home in Arizona
Education:
Elementary:
Westover Elementary School, Silver Spring, MD (grades 1-2)
Belmont Elementary School, Olney, MD (grades 3-5)
Secondary:
Rosa Parks Middle School, Olney, MD
Sherwood High school, Sandy Spring, MD
Undergraduate:
McDaniel College
Major: History
Minors: American Lit & Music
Social Class
Crofton, MD
Move to Colesville to live with Nan and G.P.
Moved to Olney
After parents divorced, Mom didn't have a job and was training to be a realtor
Mom tried to apply for food stamps and assistance, but was denied
Relied heavily on financial support from maternal grandparents
When forced to sell house, recieved nothing from the sale because house was in Dad's name
lived relatively modestly
Grandad was retired Army Major and Martin (before it was Lockheed Martin) employee
lived in a nice house on approx. 2 acres
Stressed importance of coupon shopping, having a fully stocked walk-in pantry, being frugal
Grandparents were adolescents during the Great Depression (Grandad in Alabama and Nan in London)
After living with grandparents for 2 years, mom earned enough at job at NASM to buy a house in Olney
Middle class neighborhood
Didn't really distinguish class in Elem. School b/c everyone was from the same area of the same neighborhood (neighborhood had two Elem. Schools)
Noticed some differences when got to M.S.
Got to H.S. and realized vast differences in economic statuses of students
Meanwhile....

Dad and Stepmom are comfortably situated in the upper middle class.
Rent an apartment in Rosslyn, VA overlooking D.C. and own a single family home in Tuscon, AZ.
Race and Ethnicity
English
Hungarian
Argentinian
American (mom born in Alabama, I'm from Maryland)
Matriarchies- grandmothers were heads of the family
Stress on family ties and spending time together as a family
Grew up with cousins as my best friends
Big family vacations
Always ate together at meal time
FOOD!!
Maryland Girl
Race
noticed differences in skin color when I was 6
moved into Nan and Grandad's, neighbor had a granddaughter same age and grade as me, Allison
Allison is multiracial
Didn't have a lot of friends growing up, but was always very open to meeting and befriending people
Race was never a deterrent or determining factor in who I kept as friends throughout grade school and college
Speaking of eating...
Family maintains its ties to our different ethnic identifications through food.
Hungary
Argentina
England
Alabama
Some Favorites...
Goulash
Rogulah
Poppyseed Roll
Steak/Beef
Chorizo con Chimichurri
Dulce de Leche
Alfajores (cookie sandwiches w/ dulce de leche
Red wine
Empanadas
Milanesas
Tea
Darjeeling
English Breakfast
Prince of Wales
Licorice Allsorts
Shepard's Pie
Fried Chicken
Grits
Southern-Style Breakfasts
Orioles
Natty Bohs
Crabs
Old Bay
Chesapeake Bay
Ethnicity
Mental and Physical Ability
always struggled with maintaining attention on one thing for an extended period of time
struggled to learn how to read
have always needed highly structure time imposed on me
Nan helped me focus during "homework time" after school during 1st and 2nd grade
Attended an after school program that structured our time and incorporated a study hall
was in Honors courses through middle school and high school
Mom tried to get MCPS to grant me a 504 and IEP
school psychiatrist told my mom that I had a "motivation problem" and refused to consider my mother's plea to have me evaluated for ADHD
Sought psychiatric evaluation sophomore year of college
diagnosed with ADHD and mild anxiety
audio/kinestetic learner
played clarinet in 4th, 5th, and 6th grade; taught myself tenor sax in 7th grade; also play electric bass
played a variety of intramural sport during after care (football, floor hockey,
horseback rode between the ages of 9 and 18 but quit to pursue music
not very competitive
seasonal allergies
mildly allergic to animal dander
plagued with ear infections, sinusitis, strep throughout childhood and early adulthood
adenoidectomy age 3
tonsillectomy age 19 following a case of mono
have struggled with weight since high school
Gender
never forced into any traditional gender roles
allowed to play with a variety of toys:
barbie, tonka trucks, dolls, blocks, legos
was BatMAN for Halloween when I was 3
stepmom really push me to wear clothes that she considered more feminine
have always preferred clothes that I can easily move in and that aren't restricting; just started really liking and buying more dresses
considered a "tomboy" growing up until about the end of middle school
I identify as a woman
Sexual Orientation
identify as straight/heterosexual
remember always having "crushes" on boys since pre-school
first boyfriend at age 15
Currently in a relationship with a heterosexual man
Faith
Non-denominational Christian
joined Gospel Choir junior year
began listening to Eric Byrd "preach" when he explained the meanings behind the songs
started attending IVCF fellowship and Bible studies senior year
began attending worship services, Bible studies, and young adult worship at Life Point Church
was not raised in a faith-based home/family
Cross-Cultural Traditions
Christmas
Easter
New Years
St. Patrick's Day
Valentine's Day
Halloween
Thanksgiving
4th of July
Birthdays

Other Cultural Influences
support women's rights
support the right to choose
firmly believe that not everyone is born into the body or feels the same pull toward the gender they are assigned by their parents/that their sex and society dictates
Literature
Community Service
Work
Television/Movies
Music
volunteered at Pony Pals when I was 12 and 13
Active member of Gamma Sigma Sigma from Spring 2008 to Spring 2011
Had a paying job every year/summer since I was 15:
Leisure world of Maryland Corp.
busser
administrative assistant
Bed, Bath, and Beyond
costumer service/cashier
Montgomery County Recreation Department
swim instructor
cashier
Babysitter
Gilmore Girls
Smallville
One Tree Hill
Firefly
Buffy
Recess
Ninja Turtles
X-men
Star Trek
Star Wars
Disney
Thrillers
Horror
Quentin Tarrantino
Harry Potter
Horror Fiction
Hobbies
Tie-dye
Swimming
Going to Wineries and Breweries
Travel
Card Games
Going to concerts
Gardening
Cooking
Currently questioning my faith...again.
Concerned with the hypocrisy of organized religion and the judgement many sects seem to pass on those of "alternative lifestyles."
Edgar Allan Poe
Stephen King

Dracula
The Yellow Wallpaper
Frankenstein
House of Leaves
Others
Their Eyes Were Watching God
As I Lay Dying
Kurt Vonnegut
Hunger Games
The Lovely Bones
White Oleander
Cultural Destructiveness
Cultural Incapacity
Cultural Blindness
Cultural Pre-competence
Cultural Competence
Cultural Proficiency
Cultural Competence
engage in continual self-assessent regarding culture
make adaptations to service models to meet client's needs
seek advice and consultation from minority community
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