Meet A Few Of Our Interns: 10/13/09

Kelly

Age: 14
Grade: 9
Hometown: Miami, FL

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

What is your dream job? (If money/practicality does not matter!)
Humanitarian

Do you know what you want to study in college?
Psychology

Do you know where you want to go to college?
Stanford

What is the biggest misconception you think parents have about teens?
We actually do love our parents in our own weird ways, but are too embarrassed to show it. Also, we’re smarter than parents give us credit for. We are capable of doing many things, but because of how society views us, we are just mouths to feed.

If there is one thing you could tell parents about teens what would it be?
We are not as incapable and useless as society makes us out to be.

What is your favorite website?
Facebook.

Least favorite thing about high school, most favorite thing about high school:
From what I can see, my least favorite thing is the cliques, and my most favorite thing is that there is something interesting for every particular interest.

Tyler

Age: 16
Grade: 12th
Hometown: Denver, CO

What do you want to be when you grow-up?
Right now, I am leaning towards a job in Entrepreneurship/Business. I’ve always been passionate about the world of business, and I love taking control and leading activities.

What is your dream job? (If money/practicality does not matter!)
A fashion model. I love fashion and make-up and I love taking pictures. I also want to be a role model for other girls to prove that not all models fit the common stereotypes. Hopefully I can model part-time while I’m away at college.

Do you know what you want to study in college?
I’m thinking about majoring in Business or Personal Finance, and minoring in either sociology or creative writing.

Do you know where you want to go to college?
I’m certain that I want to go out of state. Hopefully, I will end up going to college on the West Coast. However, since my sister is going to law school on the East Coast, I will most likely end up applying to some schools there too. It all depends on where I get accepted.

What is the biggest misconception you think parents have about teens?
That we are trying to grow up as fast as possible. Yes, we love to prove that we are independent and we want you to trust us to do things on our own. But believe it or not, most of us are clinging on to those last days of childhood before we step out into the real world.

If there is one thing you could tell parents about teens what would it be?
Do not hold our hand through every single thing we do in our lives. We need a little breathing room to grow up and learn from our mistakes. The more you keep us on a leash, the more we are going to strive to break the rules. Let us do some things on our own, you will either be surprised at how well you raised us or we’ll learn for next time. If you don’t let us make mistakes now, it will be even harder later when we are all grown up.

What is your favorite website?
I would have to say myspace. I love changing my page to match my current mood or to play my new favorite song. It’s a fun way to keep in touch with my old friends I don’t see much and it’s fun to meet new people.

Least favorite thing about high school, most favorite thing about high school:
My least favorite thing is finals week. They are worth so much of your grade, it is a lot of pressure. My favorite thing is off periods. They make school and life a lot more manageable and you can get a lot of homework done so you can relax later.

Sarah

Age: 17
Grade: 12
Hometown: Kensington

What do you want to be when you grow-up?
Elementary school teacher, author, Peace Corps volunteer

What is your dream job? (If money/practicality does not matter!)
published author

Do you know what you want to study in college?
English/Education Major

Do you know where you want to go to college?
St. Joesph’s, Central, or Marist

What is the biggest misconception you think parents have about teens?
Parents need to understand that we love them. No matter what happens we will always love our parents, but sometimes we mistreat them. I don’t know why we abuse those who mean the most to us, but we do. All we’ll ever want is your love, and support.

If there is one thing you could tell parents about teens what would it be?
Never think that your teen(s) hate you. Our emotional baggage we’re carrying has nothing to do with you, nor are we trying to wreck our relationship. We’ll always need our parents no matter what.

What is your favorite website?
Kiwibox.com

Least favorite thing about high school, most favorite thing about high school:
least favorite: gossip, drama favorite: creative writing classes, music, and seeing friends

Dana

Age: 15
Grade: 11th
Hometown: Scarsdale, NY

What do you want to be when you grow-up?
A book editor.

What is your dream job? (If money/practicality does not matter!)
A book editor =]

Do you know what you want to study in college?
English and languages.

Do you know where you want to go to college?
Not sure yet.

What is the biggest misconception you think parents have about teens?
I think the biggest misconception that parents have about teens is that teens are a foreign species and are impossible to relate to. Teens have the same basic struggles as adults- the desire to fit in, feel accepted, and feel secure. Giving us milk and cookies won’t make our problems go away, unfortunately (though they might make us feel a little better!). We need our parent’s guidance now more than ever when it comes to the everyday issues we face.

If there is one thing you could tell parents about teens what would it be?
Just because we don’t hang out with you as much as we used to, it doesn’t mean we don’t love you anymore. You’re still our heroes, and we love you very much!

What is your favorite website?
Facebook- surprise surprise =]

Least favorite thing about high school, most favorite thing about high school:
My least favorite thing about high school is the insane workload, the stress, and the pressure. My favorite thing is spending time with friends during free periods- having ‘down time.’

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