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Hi, my name is Jessica and I am a junior at a small high school named the Academy of American Studies. After a year of Academy life, I realized I wanted more hands-on experience with art, museums, and people. So, I searched for internships and other programs outside of my school. Finally, I stumbled upon this fabulous program, Youth Insights.

Youth Insights is like an escape from everyday life. This program is a great way to meet new people. It helps you learn about different cultures, perspectives, communities, and lifestyles. This is all in addition to learning about art in a working museum environment. Living in Queens my entire life makes it rather convenient for me to go to museums. My mother would drag my brother and me all around the city, with pre-packed peanut butter and jelly sandwiches. I detested being dragged to these museums to look at paintings or mummies etc., however, getting an inside perspective on art changed my outlook.

Other than spending my time at the Whitney, I love to get lost and then find my way back home. It’s a great way to catch up with friends, learn new areas, and get in some exercise. When I am not getting lost, I’m usually on the train trying to go home. Long train rides are great times to listen to music. Which brings me to my next love, listening to music and attempting to play it. I am a big fan of everything and can frequently be found listening to Guster and the Strokes.