Heather Robinson - Maryland Interview by Zoe D’Angelo Nomination and Photography by Heather Soskin Photography Issue 31 of Inspiring Teens Magazine
The Nomination: I nominate Heather as an inspiring teen for SO many reasons. Not only is she a kind young lady but she is also fun and has a great head on her shoulders. She is an amazing soccer player on her high school varsity team and also runs varsity track as well. In addition to sports, she is also in National Honors Society and involved in her high school Girl Up Club, Chesapeake Bay Coalition and Hero Club. All of this during the school year and working as a summer camp counselor. She is an exceptional student at a top-rated public magnet high school and will be graduating from the Global Ecology program this coming spring. She has been accepted to University of MD, PITT, PENN State, UNC Charlotte and Virginia Tech so far and will be studying Pre-Law. Quite a role model and leader at the young age of 18!
Photo one was a photo taken by the photographer who nominated me, Heather Soskin. This photo showcases my love for soccer, and the uniform I'm pictured in is from my Varsity High School team.
Tell us about your interest in entertainment law. I’ve loved and admired the entertainment industry for as long as I can remember. I’m fascinated by music and acting, and I have always known that I've wanted a career in the industry. I’ve contemplated different branches in the business from producing to acting, and as much I’d still love to engage in one of those roles, I foresee myself making the most tangible impact as an entertainment lawyer. I’d be working diligently to help construct indisputable contracts for rising artists who are often vulnerable to the pressures of the industry.
One of your goals is to one day have an immense impact on the world. How are you planning on meeting that goal? With the following I could potentially gain, I'd love to use my platform to raise awareness for problems that matter to me - environmental awareness and gender equality. With the knowledge of law I would acquire, I could use my expertise in lobbying for legislation and regulations regarding these issues.
Photo 2 was a photo that my mother, Lesly Baugh-Robinson took of some of my best friends and me on one of the spirit days at the beginning of the school year. This photo gives insight into who I am because my friends mean a lot to me. I think it is important to have people in your life that you know you can trust and will always have your back no matter what the situation is. I'm lucky that these are who those girls are for me.
Tell us a little bit about your life and how you have beaten the odds. Throughout my life, due to my congenital illness, I was always expected to excuse myself from rigorous activities. However, at a very young age, my parents instilled in me the value of perseverance. They taught me that I can’t let my illness hold me back from doing what I want. Keeping this in mind, I found ways around it, learning to adapt to the world around me. Whenever I experienced symptoms, I learned how to manage them, and it taught me to effectively communicate with my teachers and peers when I did need help. I was able to learn very early on what hard work was and what it meant to truly use determination to drive you to beat the odds.
Photo 3 is of me and some of my cousins, taken by my other cousin Ethan Hunt. To me, family is everything. At the end of the day, family is all you have, especially when the rest of the world turns its back. My cousins are my best friends who I don't see nearly enough! I know that they'll be with me through thick and thin and that I can always lean on them. I don't know what I would do without them!
What is the Girl Up Club like and how are you involved? Girl Up is an organization that branches from the UN Foundation and has thousands of clubs across campuses internationally. These clubs consist of girls and boys focused on empowering young women leaders and allowing both genders to find allies, educate themselves on issues regarding gender equality, and creating tangible differences to create a more equitable future. I’ve been involved in the club by attending the monthly events and meetings. My greatest involvement is volunteering at our local women's shelter, bringing and serving a birthday meal to the women whose birthdays fell in the month. At our meetings in school, we discuss issues such as the stigma surrounding menstruation in society, the high rates of sex trafficking among women, and what it means to be an advocate for gender equality.
Heather will be featured in issue 31 of Inspiring Teens Magazine!