Patterson oozes a 70s aura and appears mature beyond her years. I caught up with her while she was leafing through "The Republic of Plato" by Allan Bloom. The 17-year-old is originally from New York City (Washington Heights). She moved to Chapel Hill with her family about five years ago and attends Carolina Friends School, a private Quaker school which fosters active exploration and quiet reflection as part of its mission.
What's her goal? "To be happy."
Is she happy now? "I don't know. I haven't thought about it."
(photographed on the corner of Greensboro & Weaver streets in Carrboro)