Interview with Youth Motivational Speaker, Caitlin Powell, by Tolu Olorunda.
Caitlin Powell is a role-model, motivational speaker, writer, telecaster and singer – all packed into one. The catch: She’s a mere 10 years of age! Though a fifth grader, Caitlin’s exceptional intellect is inspiring kids and parents across the country. Caitlin, who loves reading and studying math, is also the host of her very own webcast titled, “Caitlin’s Corner TV.” As one who takes advanced courses in her school, Caitlin knows, first hand, how challenging school can be. In her nationally-syndicated webcast, Caitlin offers tips and advices to her peers, on how to lead a fruitful life and embrace the challenges that come. Caitlin Powell is also a role model to her two younger siblings, who look up to her, being the oldest, for leadership. YourBlackWorld.com recently had the opportunity to speak with Caitlin on her interests, the joy of reading, motivational speaking and much, much more:
Thanks for joining us, Caitlin. Can you tell us a little bit about yourself?
Well, I’m involved in my courses at my school; I love to sing; I’m on the telecast – it’s a lot of fun. I do the announcer #1, announcer # 2, camera-director and sound. My favorite is actually announcer #1, because you get to share a lot of information about what’s going on in the school.
How did you begin telecasting?
In Kindergarten, when I began schooling, I saw that people were doing it, and I really wanted to do it. Once I got to the fifth grade, I applied for it, and actually got in, because they said I’m a good speaker, and I do well in front of a crowd. So, it’s just a lot of fun, and I have a good time doing it.
What do you talk about in the telecasts?
I talk about the after-school activities, and clubs.
In your latest webcast, you mentioned math as your favorite subject. Why is that?
Well, it gets my brain working; it’s really hard and challenging – and I love a good challenge. So, I stay really smart, and I hope I have a good future.
A lot of your peers dislike math for this reason. Why? And how can you help them come to love it, just as much as you do?
Well, people say that they don’t like math because it’s too hard, and too challenging, but I tell them that if you keep on practicing, you’ll get better and even come to like it; and It’ll build your self esteem. If you try something hard, you’ll bring yourself up, and will have a good future.
You also enjoy reading. Why?
Reading helps you be creative, and understand how you’re supposed to write and make sense; and if you do research, it would build up what you know about it.
How has reading helped you in the classroom?
Reading has helped me, because they give me definitions, and when my teacher asks me about certain words, I already know them from what I’ve read.
Why do you think most 10-year-olds are not too fond of reading, and how can you help them gain interest in it?
I think that they don’t like it because they like to play more video games and things like that. So, they should just stop doing that and read more to build up their knowledge. Reading could be fun, because most authors try to make it fun for kids, at their age. It also makes you use your brain, such as in mystery, where they give readers clues to figure it out. But video games don’t teach you anything. You just sit down, wasting time, and getting addicted to it. So I think people should read more, because it’ll build your knowledge, vocabulary, and how you speak.
Besides reading and telecasting, though, what other interests do you have?
Well, I like to write short stories and plays. I like to speak a lot and sing. I do anything I can with my voice and hand. In 6th grade, next year, I would love to play the violin, because it just sounds really pretty, and I would love to play instruments.
What are your plans for High School and College?
I plan to focus on math, reading and writing, so when I grow up I can be a mathematician, a singer, and/or a writer.
What does it take to be a role model – especially at such a young age?
Well, you have to make the right decision, and learn from your mistakes. You have to learn what to do and what not to do. You have to do the appropriate things. You also have to choose your friends wisely. Don’t hang out in gangs, or at bars that sell alcohol. Don’t do any kinds of drugs or anything like that. So, you have to think wisely and be smart about your decisions.
As a role model and motivational speaker, what is missing in the younger generation that you plan on impacting upon them?
You have to set goals for yourself, and follow them to achieve them; and I think a lot of people either don’t make goals, or don’t follow them. For instance, I just did a webcast on my New Year’s resolution, and I was talking about what things to do at a certain age, and all kinds of things.
So, young people should become more interested in their future?
Yes, because they would have a more successful future if they do those kinds of things. You have to know where you are going, so you can make the right steps and be the right person.
Watch Caitlin in Action:
This interview was conducted by Tolu Olorunda, Staff Writer for YourBlackWorld.com.