Q&A: Up Close and Personal with 2017 Bloomberg Arts Intern Anaiah Isaac

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Anaiah Isaac is a rising senior at Constitution High School. Anaiah spent six weeks with us this summer as a Bloomberg Arts Intern via The Greater Philadelphia Cultural Alliance, Bloomberg Philanthropies and WorkReady Philadelphia.  We sat down with Anaiah on her last day with us to hear about her experience as a summer activities intern and to learn more about this young and driven entrepreneur. 

Hometown: Born in Trinidad Port of Spain | Raised in Philadelphia, PA

School: Constitution High School

Grade: 12

Favorite Movie: Friday

Favorite Food: French Fries

Favorite Candy: Swedish Fish

Who is your hero? My mom.

What was your favorite memory from this summer?

Staying overnight in the dorms at Catholic University in Washington, D.C. because I was able to get a real feel for how it would feel to be away from home and my family while away at college.

ACCE Summer 2017 accomplishment you are you most proud of?

I wrote two common app essays in Mighty Writers. I didn’t think I would be able to get both of them done in less than two weeks, but I did, so I’m proud of myself.

Greatest aspiration? To be rich and happy.

If you could choose a movie title to describe your life currently, what would it be?

Shattered Pieces of Perfection

Top three things to check off your bucket list?

Graduate College, Visit Iceland and Visit Bora Bora

What’s your favorite art form, and why?

Acting. I like to see people play other roles so well; even though that may not be who they are in real life, like (actor) Idris Elba. In real life, he has a British accent, but I didn’t know that because he plays his assigned characters so well.

What motivates you?

My mom and friend Saddi who passed away. They have both given me words of encouragement when I was feeling down. They both push me to focus on my school work and to be the best me. Since he passed, I work harder to honor his legacy. I’m actually working on a project with some of my friends right now in Saddi’s honor that I know he’d be proud of.

How has this experience helped you grow both personally and professionally?

On a professional level, this experience has taught me how to address people, like the importance of code switching. Also, I have never worked with elementary school kids before. Their energy and eagerness to learn at the Around the World camp was really inspiring. It was great experience.

What do you want the world to know about Anaiah?

I have my own business at the young age of 17, a hair line. I actually started it in 9th grade. I want to create change. I also want to take steps to combat gun violence because it affects me and the people around me personally. I have lost a lot of people I loved due to gun violence.

Words of wisdom to other youth at The Advocate Center?

Never stop learning because as kids we think we know everything, but we don’t. We learned a lot of new things this summer. Be open minded and never stop learning!