Meet A Few of Our Interns

Alexis

Age: 16
Grade: 11
Hometown: Armonk, NY
What do you want to be when you grow-up?
An actress
What is your dream job? (If money/practicality does not matter!)
Being an actress :)
Do you know what you want to study in college?
I want to double major in Drama and English
Do you know where you want to go to college?
Barnard College of Columbia University is my top choice
What is the biggest misconception you think parents have about teens?
That we don’t care. We do, we really do, we just don’t know how to show it all the time.
If there is one thing you could tell parents about teens what would it be?
We want to talk to our parents as much as you want to talk to us, it’s just sometimes easier to go to our friends.
What is your favorite website?
I think Facebook. I know, how stereotypical of me!
Least favorite thing about high school, most favorite thing about high school:
Least Favorite: The stress! Especially during Junior Year
Favorite: Making friends with people of all different ages and theatre

Christina

Age: 13
Grade
: Going into 9th grade
Hometown
: Bloomfield Hills, MI
What do you want to be when you grow-up?
I would love to be a photographer or artist.
What is your dream job? (If money/practicality does not matter!)
A photographer! I love to take pictures…
Do you know what you want to study in college?
I want to study law or performing arts.
Do you know where you want to go to college?
I’m not sure yet…
What is the biggest misconception you think parents have about teens?
I think parents think all teens are the same…obsessed with sex and thigns like that…but they’re not!
If there is one thing you could tell parents about teens what would it be?
That they’re just like you, just 20 years ago!
What is your favorite website?
I love youtube…it’s the best.

Kelsey

Age:  17
Grade
:  12
Hometown
:  Franklin, TN
What do you want to be when you grow-up?
-A writer or a high school English teacher (or both)
What is your dream job? (If money/practicality does not matter!)
-A travel writer
Do you know what you want to study in college?
-English and/or Creative Writing
Do you know where you want to go to college?
-Brigham Young University
What is the biggest misconception you think parents have about teens?
-I think a lot of parents mistakenly believe that their teens aren’t trying, that they don’t care.  But really, most of us actually work very hard to make our parents proud.
If there is one thing you could tell parents about teens what would it be?
-I would tell them to just remember when they were our age, and how crazy life was for them at that stage, and try to keep that in mind when they are dealing with us.
What is your favorite website?
-Right now I love Polyvore.com.  You can really express yourself there and create some cool art, or just look at what other people have put together.
Least favorite thing about high school, most favorite thing about high school:
-I hate the way we all separate ourselves into cliques and how it’s so difficult to get rid of those labels.  But I absolutely love the freedom and the excitement of high school, the way we can be ourselves and we’ll always find someone who’s accepting of that.

Kelly

Age: 16, going on 17
Grade: Junior
Hometown: West Palm Beach, FL
What do you want to be when you grow-up?
I would love to do anthropological research and write at the same time, documenting and learning about new cultures and new places. If I could incorporate my research into my novels (and actually sell them) it would be amazing.  So really, I want to be a novelist.
What is your dream job? (If money/practicality does not matter!)
My dream job is to be a bestselling romantic novelist.   I’d write about dashing heroes and beautiful heroines, but maybe with a twist in my stories. Life, love and the truth of it all is something I’m interested in.
Do you know what you want to study in college?
You don’t become a best selling writer right away…so I’m going to study anthropology and Creative writing.
Do you know where you want to go to college?
I’m actually looking at a couple of places, but my first choice is Brandeis University in Massachusetts. It’s a great school with some really amazing programs, especially in Political Science and Psychology.
What is the biggest misconception you think parents have about teens?
That we are selfish and only think about ourselves, sex, and ourselves. We’re not. We’re people who just happen to care a little bit more about our present situations. I mean seriously. We are at the crossroads of our entire lives, so don’t jump on us if we make a bad decision here or there. It is possible that we’ll learn from them.
If there is one thing you could tell parents about teens what would it be?
Please don’t confuse this with my being disrespectful, but we are not obligated to like you. It’s a good thing to listen to your parents and its one of our responsibilities, but if you’re not pleasant about it, why should we like what you’re saying? Be kind to us, please, because surprise! “treat people how you want to be treated” applies to you as well…my parents think they are God on earth, so it’s always command before nicely asking.
What is your favorite website?
Definitely YouTube. It’s so amazing to see what people can do. And I think they have virtually every song tutorial imaginable on that website.
Least favorite thing about high school, most favorite thing about high school:
Lunch and English classes are my favorite. And I’d actually rather clean the cafeteria than go to math class.

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