A Pint Sized Perspective

by by Chris Cohen & Stephen Carmody

illustration by by Annika Finne

As someone who is reaching adulthood, it is easy to lose sight of  the lives of those younger than yourself. To restore some perspective, the Independent sat down with confirmed 11-year-old Louise Iodice via Skype earlier this week.

The Independent: Tell us about yourself.

Louise Iodice: I go to school. I’m in fifth grade.

Indy: Tell us about your family.

LI: I have a sister and a cat and my parents. That’s it.

Indy: What do you like to do?

LI: I like to bike. I ride horses once a week. I’m riding horses tomorrow. I’m still learning how to ride and I ride a pony; it’s kind of small.

Indy: What’s your bike like?

LI: It’s like, a bike.

Indy: How do you like school?

LI: It’s fun. I like science. We’re working on solar energy. We’ve built models of solar houses to test the temperature. But it gets tiring. I have to wake up at 6:30.

Indy: Are there mean people in middle school?

LI: Not really. Not in my class.

Indy: What do you like to do after school?

LI: I usually just start my homework.

Indy: Which class gives the most homework?

LI: Probably math.

Indy: What are you doing in math right now?

LI: Working with dividing and multiplying decimals. And variables.

Indy: What do you like to do on weekends?

LI: I like to hang out with my friends and go on the monkey bars at a park nearby my house.

Indy: Where do you live?

LI: I live in Center City, which is in Philadelphia. There’s a lot to do. You can go into town. You can take different music classes and you can go see a lot of movies.

Indy: What’s your favorite food?

LI: Meat. I guess bacon.

Indy: If you fight with your sister, what do you fight about?

LI: Usually just silly things. Like when we poke each other.

Indy: What do you like to do with your friends?

LI: We usually just to hang out. We also like to bake stuff, using mixes, like cupcakes.

Indy: If you could have one thing, what would it be?

LI: I want new art supplies. Just pencils and markers.

[Shows some of her art!]

Indy: What do you want to be when you grow up?

LI: I would like to be either an interior designer or a photographer. I have a camera. Usually I take pictures of nature.

Indy: Are you on Facebook?

LI: No.

Indy: Do you want to be?

LI: Kind of.

Indy: Do you watch television?

LI: Yeah. But just on the computer. I like Bones.

Indy: How is middle school different from elementary school?

LI: Well it’s a new school, and this school is a public school. It’s a lot different. I used to go to a charter school. So there are a lot more kids. The charter school was an immersion program. So we spoke Spanish all the time.

Indy: What is your favorite music?

LI: I like a lot of different kinds. I like Green Day. I like Coldplay too.

Indy: Do you like Justin Beiber?

LI: No.

Indy: What are your favorite books?

LI: I like the Pretty series and the Hunger Games. But I like SciFi.

Indy: Do you think there are a lot of things we need to fix in the real world?

LI: We pollute a lot, and that could be probably dangerous.

Indy: If you could vote next election, who would you vote for? Would you vote for Obama?

LI: I guess?

Indy: Do you ever think about going to college?

LI: No.

Indy: Do you think college is a good idea?

LI: Yeah, cause you have a better chance of getting a job.

Indy: Do you have advice for college seniors who are like us, and are about to graduate?

LI: No.