Call me Andrea Lee Torres (Lee is part of my first name, not my middle name). I turn 17 on December 14th, 2009, and I’m a senior at the East-West School of International Studies.
I have lived in Woodside, Queens for all my life. There’s basically nothing there but Irish pubs and grade schools. I’ve grown so tired of it that I can’t say anything special.
I used to have this creepy clown clock in my bathroom. Every time it was noon, it would make lots of noise and pedal on its bike. Then one night, I dreamt about an oversized clown chasing me down on his bike.
My recorder, Montreal, acts on its own, is spunky and is brutally honest.
(Note: Each Rookie named his/her equipment as a way to feel more at ease with the technology. Recorded in December of 2009.)
About two thirds of New Yorkers are from immigrant families. And when parents - who came here from other countries - raise American children, they face all kinds of choices about which cultural norms to follow. That's the case in Radio Rookie Andrea Lee Torres' family. Her parents came here from the Philippines in the 1990s. And she's not sure she agrees with at least one decision they made - not to teach her their language.