Over the course of their internships, STC’s interns are working virtually on communications efforts, including stories we tell about career readiness. We’re excited to get to know the amazing students sharing their skills and stories with Schools That Can.

Sophia is a senior from the Pittsburgh area, currently working as an elementary tutor, acting as her senior class’s treasurer, and participating as a member of the National Honor Society. When she is not running around from one place to another, you can probably find her reading a book or learning about a new math concept.

What’s your favorite subject in school?

Math, specifically any algebra or calculus

What’s your favorite activity or job you’re part of, and why?

Working as a tutor and student aide is by far my favorite activity I am a part of right now. When you have a stressful day, there is nothing like a child to remind you of the small joys in the world. Not to mention, it is such a different environment, where I get to constantly be helping someone out.

Do you know what kind of jobs you’re interested in pursuing in the future? If so, what jobs and why?

I am very interested in engineering, and have currently been accepted into various schools for either civil or architectural engineering. I hope to become a project manager one day, and especially get to work with a team. The main reason I love engineering is because it takes two of my favorite things: math and designing. It is just such an expansive area that is constantly growing to new areas.

What’s one thing you wish adults knew about how it feels to be a student right now?

I wish adults understood how much stress there is to make an impact on the world. With technology becoming a new thing, and social media serving as a constant comparison, students have the urge to one up one another. This has had such an impact on mental health and work habits, and I wish adults would understand that not all competition is healthy.

What’s the piece of advice you’d give your younger self?

I wish I could tell myself, it is okay to make mistakes, you are not perfect, and nobody expects you to be perfect, just enjoy life. I have spent so much of my childhood worrying, I wish I could have enjoyed it a bit more.