Welcome Marisa, 16, from Chicago!

Marisa is a 17-year-old from Los Angeles, CA. She is fascinated by anything related to the arts or entertainment – movies, music, and fashion have been her calling for as long as she can remember. Her favorite subject in school is English because she loves to write.

Name: Marisa

Age: 16

What do you want to be when you grow-up?

I would love to work in advertising, but any career in the media circuit – television, movies, music, magazines, etc. – would be spectacular.

What is your dream job? (even if skills/money/practicality doesn’t matter)

In all honesty, if I could have ANY job in the world, I would direct and write my own movies because watching them and discussing them with other movie fanatics has always brought me joy.

Do you know what you want to study in college?


Do you know where you want to go to college?

The University of Southern California (USC) is my ultimate dream school.

What is the biggest misconception you think parents have about teens?

Parents often see ALL teens as incapable of making simple decisions and being cautious about their surroundings.

IF there is one thing you could tell parents about teens what would it be?

Not all teens have the same mentality. Of course, there are teens that are irresponsible and have poor judgment. But not every teenager should be lumped into some sort of universal notion of laziness, untrustworthiness, and general incompetence.

What is your favorite website? Right now, I am addicted to Chictopia.com – a fashion blogging site where users can share photos of their favorite outfits. I’m always looking for inspiration, as I see the way I dress as my own art form. Of all time, I would say YouTube – I can spend hours upon hours there and wonder where the time flew by.

Least favorite thing about high school, most favorite thing about high school:

My least favorite thing about high school is the extreme pressure I’m subjected to each and every day. Many teachers seem to think that their class is the only class that exists on campus, and use this false idea to give ridiculous amounts of homework and tests. Plus, I feel like every move I make could make or break my future. My favorite thing about high school is our school newspaper. I’m the arts and entertainment editor of our monthly newspaper, The Centaurian, and I am extremely dedicated to it.

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