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Teen Volunteer Prisila Otazo

Gaining Experience and Insight

Prisila teen volunteerPrisila has been a Youth Services volunteer at Central Library since last spring, and is now helping staff with a special project in Materials Management. She also volunteers at local events and will soon add the hospital to her list of experiences.

She says she volunteers because she likes gaining experience, which will give her an edge when she goes to college. She also likes learning about how the Library works, because there is much more going on here than most people realize.

What’s your favorite thing about the library?

My favorite part about helping out is realizing that the few hours I come throughout the week I am able to make the job easier for someone else. It really satisfies me to know I can do something to help out the people that have constantly assisted me when needed.

What do you do when you’re not volunteering?

In my free time I play soccer all the time because I believe practice makes perfect, well at least close. All throughout the year I play for a rec team and when it comes to the spring I play for both my high school and my rec team. As for academics, I do anything possible to maintain a high GPA even if it means sacrificing the fun things I do during my free time. My main focus right now is school because there is nothing better than being a hard worker and seeing the results.

Are you a Metro DC native, or a transplant?

I am a proud Metro DC native!

What do you want to be when you grow up?

I am not a hundred percent sure of what I want to be when I grow up but I do want to go in the medical field. Meaning, I would like to apply to medical school once I finish being an undergraduate. I have already gained experience in this field and will continue to do so, in order to increase my chances of getting in. As of right now I am not decided on a specific profession but the general idea of it really fascinates me.

What is the best book you’ve read recently?

I am currently reading “The Perks of Being a Wallflower” by Stephen Chbosky. I enjoy the point of view in which it’s written. I have previously seen the movie and it is really interesting to see the few differences between the two. Aside from this book I would consider “Mind Wide Open” by Steven Johnson one of the best books I’ve read because it is a book about the brain. I finished reading it a while ago. It is a book entirely about neuroscience and makes me question whether I might enjoy being a neurologist.

What is the best movie you’ve seen recently?

I would have to say the best movie I’ve seen recently is “12 Years A Slave.” This movie is definitely on my top 10 lists of movies that were amazing. This movie was very sad towards the end but I realized all that mattered was that the man got his freedom back and no one could ever take that away again. It’s definitely a movie you can’t miss out on and everyone should take the time to watch it because it’s a sad truth that occurred many years ago.


Interested in becoming a Library volunteer? Check out the Current Openings on our Volunteer Page.


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