The Monica, The Myth, The Legend!

Monica Mohammed is a Somali Muslim American who moved to the Parkview district in 2018.  She joined Newspaper last year because her older sister was in it, but quickly learned that she would enjoy it with our without her sister.  Despite having seven siblings, Monica has a close relationship to all of her family members. Her family is a big reason why she wants to stay home for college. Every week, her family sits together in the living room to catch up on each other’s lives. “My father feared that our family would drift since we’re so many people.” Monica says that her father’s efforts to keep a close bond with her family is why she has so much familial support.

 When Monica moved to the Parkview district, she was shy. After moving, she learned how to be more confident and outgoing. She made new friends and her social skills improved dramatically. “I was too comfortable in my old school so I never felt the need to be more outgoing.” Mohammed now values confidence and strives to be more confident each and every day.  She will be forever grateful for the opportunity to become a more confident person. 

This year in newspaper Monica wants to write about xenophobia, the dislike of or prejudice against people from other countries. As a minority in this country and the daughter of two immigrant parents, Monica has had to deal with the impacts of xenophobia in society. Having dealt with this negativity, she is passionate about educating others on the struggles of immigrant citizens in the United States of America.  She is also passionate about abortion rights in America. She deems the abortion law in Georgia unfair. She thinks that everyone should have the right to do what they want with their body. Monica strives to make this world a more positive place for everyone.

When Monica grows up she wants to do something in business or management. “I think I’m an organized person which is a trait that many successful business officials have.” She feels that her personality and mindset would be a great help when looking for a career in this field. During college, though, she wants to stay at home to avoid student loans. “My sister taught me a lot about college, and if I’ve learned one thing it’s that student loans definitely arn’t worth it,” she stated during her interview. 

All in all, Monica joined newspaper as a way to express herself last year. When she saw how great of an opportunity it was for her to voice her thoughts, she was eager to join again this year. Newspaper has been a pleasant experience for Monica and hopefully it will continue to be that way for years to come!