Meet a Few of Our Interns 7/6/10

Emma

Age: 15
Grade: entering 10th
Hometown: Londonderry, NH

What do you want to be when you grow-up?
I’m figuring that out still (before it’s been a vet, an actress, a biologist, a writer)

What is your dream job? (If money/practicality does not matter!)
Traveling the world writing about my experiences!

Do you know what you want to study in college?
Undecided, I need to explore a bit more.

Do you know where you want to go to college?
I’m edging toward out – of – state, but you never know!

What is the biggest misconception you think parents have about teens?
Having only restrictions and tight control are going to keep your teenager from causing or getting into trouble – I’ve found friends with strict limitations are more likely to be quick to disobey their parents.

If there is one thing you could tell parents about teens what would it be?
Tackle one problem at a time and don’t bring old situations up as an example or because the two problems are related to each other. It makes the conversation feel like a lecture and makes us feel like we have to defend ourselves (which does nothing to solve the crisis).

What is your favorite website?
Facebook, it’s an addiction I’m sad to say….

Least favorite thing about high school, most favorite thing about high school:
– Getting up early! (To catch the bus…. So also not being able to drive yet)
– So many more opportunities with new people, new classes, being older

Leslie

Age: 15
Grade: 9th
Hometown: Ocean Isle Beach

What do you want to do when you grow-up?
Some possibilities as to what I’ll do are to do some kind of digital design online, teach English in foreign countries, or become an entrepreneur. Who knows, I could even do all three.

What is your dream job? (If money/practicality does not matter!)
Know most of the asian languages and staring in their dramas :D. Also running a successful online venture and traveling the world.

Do you know what you want to study in college?
Possibly design or linguistics.

Do you know where you want to go to college?
No, not really

What is the biggest misconception you think parents have about teens?
Teenagers thoughts and opinions aren’t as valuable or sensible merely because of age. Teens are under more stress and pressure than you might think. Don’t assume the things we are going through now are the same as when you were a teen.

If there is one thing you could tell parents about teens what would it be?
Teens are as fragile as kids in some aspects. We’re still in an ongoing developmental phase. What we really want is your love and acceptance.

What is your favorite website?
I love many websites but a couple that I really like are mnmlist.com, dustincurtis.com, and kentonwhitman.com

Least favorite thing about high school, most favorite thing about high school:
I like meeting people and forming amazing friendships. I dislike the crowded hallways, bad-tempered substitutes, and uninteresting classes (most of them)

Okunyi

Age: 16
Grade: 10th
Hometown: Seattle, WA

What do you want to be when you grow-up?
When I grow up I would like to be a pharmacist because I like chemistry and I think that I’d like it as a career. I’d also want to be an author because I really enjoy writing. I would love to write for teens.

What is your dream job? (If money/practicality does not matter!)
My dream job would be a professional soccer player. I started playing soccer at a young age and I always play when I’m stressed or for leisure. I have a lot of fun playing soccer with others and I think I’m good. I also really like watching soccer so FIFA is a big thing at my house right now.

Do you know what you want to study in college?
When I’m in college I want to study pre-pharmacy and english.

Do you know where you want to go to college?
I’m not really sure where I want to go to college yet. I want to go to a six year pharmacy school but I don’t want to go far. Right now I’m thinking the University of Washington, or Washington State. But I might want to go to the East Coast.

What is the biggest misconception you think parents have about teens?
The biggest misconception that parents have about teens is that all teens rebel. They sometimes just think that we are so influenced by our surroundings that we do what all the other kids are doing. I know that sometimes teens do the wrong things but we’re not all the same just because we are at the same stage in our lives.

If there is one thing you could tell parents about teens what would it be?
I’d tell parents that we aren’t self absorbed just because we’re teens. We care about other things and we don’t only think about ourselves. Although we may need our space at times, it doesn’t mean that we don’t need our parents.

What is your favorite website?
My favorite website is youtube.

Least favorite thing about high school, most favorite thing about high school:
My least favorite thing about high school is all the cliches and how teens can act cruel towards each other. My most favorite thing about high school is the new experience and being able to pick the classes I like.

Pranshu

Age: 13
Grade: 9
Hometown: San Jose

What do you want to be when you grow up?
I still haven’t decided yet.

What is your dream job? (if money/practicality does not matter!)
My choices are being a writer, scientist or engineer.

Do you know what you want to study in college?
No, I still don’t know.

What is the biggest misconception you think parents have about teens?
I think the biggest misconception is that teenagers can’t think for themselves.

If there is one thing you could tell parents about teens what yould it be?
I would tell parents to let teenagers think for themselves when they have problems, rather than giving them the answers.

What is your favorite website?
www.youtube.com
www.facebook.com

Least favorite thing about high school, most favorite thing about high school:
I hate that there has to be social status between grade levels. I like that there is interaction between a student and his or her peers.

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