Meet A Few of Our Interns 6/22/10

Jennifer

Age: 17
Grade: 12th (September 2010)
Hometown: Long Island, NY
What do you want to be when you grow-up?
I would love to work for a publication and have a family.
What is your dream job? (If money/practicality does not matter!)
Being an editor for a stylish and successful magazine.
Do you know what you want to study in college?
Art History, Journalism, or Literature.
Do you know where you want to go to college?
Still looking!
What is the biggest misconception you think parents have about teens?
I think the biggest misconception that parents have about teens is that all teenagers are irresponsible.
If there is one thing you could tell parents about teens what would it be?
Many teenagers are responsible, and having independence helps one grow!
What is your favorite website?
Facebook, perezhilton, and GOOP.
Least favorite thing about high school, most favorite thing about high school:
My least favorite thing is getting stressed out about tests, work, and essays. My favorite thing is seeing my friends everyday and having great classes and teachers.

Michelle

Age: 15
Grade: 10th
Hometown: Los Angeles

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

I do not know, which is why I’m exploring different fields of studies to decide which career path
is the best for me.

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

My dream job would be a heart surgeon.

Do you know what you want to study in college?

I would prefer to major in the social sciences field.

Do you know where you want to go to college?

Yes, I would like to attend University of California, Santa Barbara.

What is the biggest misconception you think parents have about teens?
Parents tend to believe that a teenager’s friends influence his/her
decisions. Although this may be true, teens do have a mind of their
own and are not easily swayed by their peers.

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

Do not underestimate teenagers. Parents doubt our abilities with sayings such as “You won’t understand, you’re just a kid.”

What is your favorite website?

www.facebook.com

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

My least favorite thing about high school would be the superfluous drama. My most favorite thing about high school is the freedom to become my own person.

Morgan

Age: 15

Grade: Sophomore

Hometown: McPherson, Kansas


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

I want to be a lawyer or a political scientist.


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

I would love to be a photographer!

Do you know what you want to study in college?

Law


Do you know where you want to go to college?

Georgetown or NYU.


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

I think the biggest misconception that parents make about teens is that they tend to think that kids don’t know how hard life is. Most parents just think ‘oh hey, I was a kid once too’…but the truth is…times have changed since then! There is a lot more stress being a teenager now than there was when they were kids.


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

Listen to your kids! You never know how smart and talented they just might be.


What is your favorite website?

www.facebook.com


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

My least favorite thing about high school is all the drama. There is way too much unnecessary drama that goes on. My favorite thing about high school is that there are so many people there. If something happens, there will always be people to help you through things. There will always be someone to count on, it’s relieving.

Neyat

Age: 17

Grade: 11

Hometown: Los Angeles, CA


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

My mind is forever shifting, so I don’t quite know how to go about answering this question. One thing that’s for certain though, is that I want to be happy when I grow-up. I love, love, love to write, so I know on my pursuit of happiness, being able to write is on my list of priorities. My top ideas are novelist, magazine editor, journalist, and English teacher, but I’m not limiting it to the above careers. I don’t know what my future holds, but I’m working as hard as I can to make sure it’s bright!


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

I know this sounds cliché, but my dream job would be world traveling writer. I wouldn’t necessarily write about my experiences while traveling, but I’d incorporate things that happened in each country into my young adult fiction novels. If that job wasn’t available though, my second choice would definitely be ice cream flavor tester. Yes, it seems like a tough job, but I’d be willing to increase my consumption of ice cream if it would be for the good of all mankind…or at least ice cream lovers everywhere.


Do you know what you want to study in college?

I’m a very indecisive person, so the answer to this question is different as frequent as every week. I go through many phases, but I know for sure that I’d like to study some sort of creative writing. I’d like to major in English or maybe journalism; I’ll probably change my mind a million times before I enter college (I probably have already passed that millionth point though), but I’ll never stray from a career in writing, whatever form of writing it may be.


Do you know where you want to go to college?

For as long as I can remember, I’ve always dreamt of moving to New York and becoming a novelist slash big-time magazine editor, after graduating from NYU. And as much as that dream still resides in my heart of hearts, I’ve decided that in California is where I belong. I mean, the weather here is fabulous. I realize it seems shallow to have weather on my pros and cons list, but I promise I’m not shallow; I just get very miserable in extreme weather conditions because I’ve grown up in a place that doesn’t exactly go through all four seasons. However, weather isn’t my only deciding factor; while New York is a great place for writers to start out, Los Angeles has quite a few opportunities as well. I don’t know where I’ll be ten years from now, but I think it’s safe to say that the duration of my college years will most probably be spent here in California.


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

One of the biggest misconceptions that I feel parents have about teens is that we think the world revolves around us and only us. In reality, we actually are aware of the much larger planet our tiny worlds inhabit. Most parents don’t realize that one of our better ambitions in life is to satisfy them. We just want to please them and make them proud. Occasionally though, the obstacles of high school and teen angst just get in the way of that message.


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

One thing I’d like to tell parents about teens is that I request they not only take notice of our faults, but also acknowledge our moments when we shine. Many parents are quick to point out negative things, but it would be nice if they could also congratulate us on our successes more often; that way we feel less like failures. Parents, don’t you know it pleases us to please you?


What is your favorite website?

This is a very difficult question to answer. I guess I’d have to say my favorite website is Yahoo! Answers. I love being able to help others with problems as little as finding the right hairstyle or remembering song lyrics to as big as fights and getting into college. Also, some of the questions and responses are absolutely hilarious. Not to mention, I’ve learned a lot and have gotten very useful advise stuff on Y!A.


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

Least favorite thing about school: MATH! Who needs it when we have calculators? Besides, I’d lick a gas station toilet before becoming a mathematician. No offense to you Math professors out there, I really admire you.

Most favorite thing about school: Definitely English…well, writing. Also, the social/life skills I’ve learned in school are priceless.


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