Meet A Few of Our Interns 6/15/10

Daphne

Age: 16
Grade: 11th (Class of 2011!)
Hometown: Was San Diego. Then Cleveland. Now Sactown.

What do you want to be when you grow up?
I hope to write for the rest of my life, but I would also love to become a music teacher for elementary school students.

What is your dream job?
My dream is to have my name next to the title “Editor” on a magazine masthead.

Do you know what you want to study in college?
English, but it changes often because I’d like to earn experiences that inspire me to write, not just teach me how. Lately I’ve been considering a double major in musicology and English.

Do you know where you want to go to college?
One of the UC’s here in California: UCLA, UC Berkeley, UC Irvine, UCSD.

What is the biggest misconception you think parents have about teens?
I’ve heard the misconception that ALL teens are all techies that can repair anything that happens to their computers and are obssessed with following the teen giants of today. I guess that could apply to some, but there is a considerable amount of teens that desperately want to be individuals and trendsetters themselves instead of following everybody else.

If there is one thing you could tell parents about teens what would it be?
I would tell parents that giving kids space is actually a good idea. There are some things that we can learn on our own. Haha, I guess that’s full of angst or something but it’s something that I think is a part of life.

What is your favorite website?
What everybody’s (?) favorite sites are! Isn’t networking big these days? I have a Myspace and Facebook but I don’t actually check them too often, but besides, email and Playlist.com, that’s about it.

Least favorite thing about high school, most favorite thing about high school:
I hate all of the judging, the eye rapes, the stabs in the back right in front of your face. But in my opinion, high school is what you make of it. There’s clubs, dances, a few influential, thought-provoking yet fun teachers. I guess that would be my favorite thing.

Hannah

Age: 14
Grade: 9
Hometown: Northport, NY

What do you want to be when you grow-up?
I would love to be a model or something with the fashion world.
What is your dream job? (If money/practicality does not matter!)
I would love to be a famous singer, but I have a horrible voice. Haha.
Do you know what you want to study in college?
I don’t know, but I would love to do something with math as a minor.
Do you know where you want to go to college?
No, still looking, haha!
What is the biggest misconception you think parents have about teens?
Parents think teens are stupid with some things and think they always have to text and be on facebook and it’s a a bad thing. But it’s not! And that’s all they think!
If there is one thing you could tell parents about teens what would it be?
Texting your friends and being on facebook is not a crime!!!!
Least favorite thing about high school, most favorite thing about high school:
My favorite thing about highschool is the freedom. My least favorite thing about highschool is some of the teachers.

Karis

Age: 16
Grade: 11th Grade
Hometown: Herndon, VA

What do you want to be when you grow-up?
I want to be deca-lingual (?) when I grow up. (Almost halfway there! I can speak 4)

What is your dream job? (If money/practicality does not matter!)
My dream occupation is to be unemployed-and I don’t mean the unemployment that involves a rich dead husband and a martini glass by the pool. I would like to be a hobo. While most don’t choose to be homeless and jobless, becoming a hobo forces one to be resourceful, ingenious, and immaterial. Without material distractions, hobos have time to contemplate philosophy whilst living a life of hardship that builds human character- a life similar to that of our ancient ancestors. An idle life does not qualify an experience as that of an arduous, yet challenging, life. Hobos are the hermits of modern times.

Do you know what you want to study in college?
I would most like to study some sort of impractical liberal art, such as philosophy or religion, but I would most likely study science.

Do you know where you want to go to college?
COLUMBIA UNIVERSITY

What is the biggest misconception you think parents have about teens?
Teenagers strive for a pat on the back and a good word. Even though we’re older and more rebellious and slightly recalcitrant, we’re still your children. Teenagers do many things in order to please.

If there is one thing you could tell parents about teens what would it be?
We’re more capable than you think.

What is your favorite website?
Deviantart.com

Least favorite thing about high school, most favorite thing about high school:
My favorite thing about high school is the cliques. I would hate to go to a high school where everyone shares the same interests as I do. Variety makes things interesting, since differences create contentions and I love argument. My least favorite thing about high school is the classes. Teachers often go at the pace of the slowest student, forcing everyone to plod along with them. It’s vexing.

Michael

Age: 17
Grade: 11, Junior
Hometown: Huntington Beach

What do you want to be when you grow-up?
Someone who doesn’t stop learning. Maybe a Psycholoentreprenuergist?

What is your dream job? (If money/practicality does not matter!)
To own a tech company that develops new world technology and to start an organization that helps teens on life related issues.

Do you know what you want to study in college?
Psychology, economics, neuroscience, cognitive science, international business.

Do you know where you want to go to college?
Berkeley, USF, Santa Clara, UCLA…the list goes on.

What is the biggest misconception you think parents have about teens?
The biggest misconception that parents have about teens believing that labeling them one thing or another won’t be detrimental to their personal development.

If there is one thing you could tell parents about teens what would it be?
Authoritarian parenting never has healthy affects on adolescent development.

What is your favorite website?
Facebook.com

Least favorite thing about high school, most favorite thing about high school:
The worst thing is work load in all accelerated classes.The best thing is the friendships you form.

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