She has been to seven countries, three continents and 25 states. By age 13, Emma Bodisch moved 10 times.
“When people ask where you are from, you can’t really tell them because you don’t know,” she said.
The Copperas Cove ninth-grader is the daughter of a father who served in the U.S. Marines and previously lived in Japan. Her grandmother is from Okinawa.
While she speaks Chinese, Japanese, and Korean, Emma’s grandmother has a difficult time communicating with her granddaughter.
“Grandma doesn’t speak English and I would like to be able to teach her. So I would like to teach English as a second language,” Emma said. “My dad wants me to study a lot of different languages. I like keeping my options open.”
Emma has never received any letter grade other than an A on her report cards through junior high. “I do study a lot, but I do it to myself. My parents don’t pressure me. They usually tell me to go outside,” she said.
Emma was the president of the Junior Historian Club at Copperas Cove Junior High School this past year. In 2013, she captured first place at the regional history project competition and won the “legal award” at the state level. Emma has been interested in history since middle school and described her national history project as “serious research.”
While few things are consistent in the life of a military child, Emma said math is her favorite subject because it remains constant.
“I really like it because it doesn’t change,” she said. “It always has the same rules and stays the same. It is not my best subject, but I like it.”
Emma also likes to read and said she will pick up and read book she comes across. Emma’s taste in music is varied and she enjoys genres from Korean and Mandarin to popular music. She plays the violin and her favorite pastime is shopping. Emma enjoys riding her bike and various water sports including kayaking and paddle surfing.
She is a member of the National Junior Honor Society through which she visits nursing homes and tutors other students.
“I would like to make the world a better place. I am not sure how yet,” Emma said. “But I am sure that is everybody’s goal.”