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?
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?
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?
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?