In addition, Filipinos are often associated with trying to make their children into well-rounded overachievers. My parents were no exception to this rule. My schedule growing up was packed with the following activities: basketball practices and games, swimming lessons and matches, piano/singing lessons and recitals, dance (ballet, tap, jazz - and later, hip hop!) lessons and recitals, softball practices and games, musical rehearsals and performances, choir rehearsals and performances, kung-fu lessons, drama club outings, volleyball games, active volunteerism and babysitting for neighboring families beginning in middle school. Any "free time" consisted of helping to care for my younger sister, as well as countless nieces and nephews.