Eleven-year-old Symphony Petrin-Randolph of Herndon, VA received a unique opportunity to interview former First Lady Michelle Obama about her new Netflix show, “Waffles and Mochi.” The show, which is aimed at early elementary school children, promotes healthy eating and creativity.
Symphony received this opportunity through The Week Junior Counsel, which she has been a member of since January. The Junior Counsel was created by The Week Junior, which is a magazine aimed at helping children understand current events and the world around them.
“I became involved with The Week Junior because I had that magazine, and I saw that they were trying to look for members of the Junior Counsel. When I found out I got in, I was so happy because I love writing and interviewing, and that all comes together in The Week Junior,” she said.
She’s always wanted to be a writer, but her work with the junior counsel helped her realize she might want to be a reporter.
When she found out she would be interviewing Mrs. Obama, she says she was “definitely” nervous.
“I thought it was going to be really hard to talk to her, but it was actually really easy and not as nerve-racking as I thought it would be. I just took a few deep breaths and when I wrote my questions I practiced them slowly so I could get used to the idea of interviewing her.”
Besides dispelling her nerves, she prepared for the interview by doing plenty of research on the show.
“I love that show,” she says. “I think it’s really cool, because it’s actually designed for preschoolers, but my mom and I really liked it--and we’re not preschoolers!”
Symphony considers Mrs. Obama to be a role model, especially since she saw the Netflix documentary Becoming based on her autobiography. She is also inspired by other trailblazing women of color, like Kamala Harris, CJ Walker, and Annie Turnbo Malone.
Of Vice President Harris, she said: “I love that she is the first female, Asian-American, African-American to become Vice President.
Symphony hopes to inspire other kids who want to do big things, and tells them “Just believe in yourself!If you work hard enough you can do anything. Nothing is impossible, because in the word impossible there is I’m Possible.”
Symphony’s article with her interview of Mrs. Obama will be featured in the upcoming issue of The Week Junior.