14-year-old Starisha Owens has always lived in Chicago. She loves everything about the city. A hidden gem (a place she likes to go that others might not know about) is Martin Luther King Jr. Park Roller/Inline Skating Rink. When she gets older, however, Starisha wants to “move away from all the craziness” and “be by myself for awhile.” She dreams of moving to Los Angeles or Atlanta after graduating from college.
Starisha is in the 7th grade at Walt Disney Magnet School. In general, she says she loves school. “All of my friends are there. It’s like a family.” Starisha’s favorite subject is writing because it helps her express her feelings. It helps at school and at home because when she can’t talk to anybody else, she can talk to her notebook. The subject she struggles with most is math, but she plans to get better by staying focused, working hard, and constantly looking over her notes. Good plan!
In about a year, Starisha will have her eyes set on high school. She would like to attend her neighborhood school, Lincoln Park High School. Starisha thinks high school will be “different,” “unusual,” and “kind of scary,” but she’s excited nonetheless.
Eventually, she is interested in becoming a writing teacher. “I love kids,” she says with a smile. “I used to be one.” According to her, the keys to working with kids are “be patient with them” and “you can’t yell at them.” Starisha wants to teach them right and wrong.
She also wants to become a teen counselor. “What I’m going through is hard,” she says, “and these kids need someone who really understands them.” Starisha was bad as a kid, but she learned from her mistakes and has matured along the way.
At Cabrini Connections, Starisha works with Lisa Coy on Wednesday nights. They are both in their first year with the program. “I love it,” she says. “Everybody is so friendly!” Starisha also loves her mentor. “She’s my favorite tutor yet... and we’re both Scorpios!” Lisa is a music teacher and Starisha loves to sing. Sounds like a perfect match!