Inquire about her "perfect day," the 19-year-old responds: "It's a sunny day, and I'm hanging out with people I like, like my boyfriend."
Ask about hobbies and she'll light up talking about her paintings currently decorating her residence.
Wonder aloud which CDs are her favorite and she'll reply, "I have a bunch of mixed CDs."
Jessica Robitaille also loves watching the movie "The Nightmare Before Christmas," and rates "Law and Order: Special Victims Unit" as her favorite television show.
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Oh, and she went through a shy, awkward stage during middle and high school.
What makes her special?
The 2009 Hopewell High graduate was born with an under-developed left arm, likely from the umbilical cord wrapping itself around the elbow area or an air bubble developing in her veins.
"The doctors don't really know what happened," Robitaille said of her unilateral congenital below-elbow deficiency (UCBED). "It just didn't grow."
Sitting recently in the cafeteria at Target, Robitaille enjoyed a brief break from her primary role as cashier/bagger at the Huntersville superstore.
It's an ordinary job for many teens, sure. But most do not get odd, curious looks from countless customers who watch Robitaille handle her position as well anyone. Once, Robitaille recalls, an elderly customer routinely placed her groceries on the conveyer belt and looked surprised by the way she was being served.
"She said, 'Oh, I didn't see you were a cripple,' and came around to help bag the supplies," Robitaille said. "I get looks all the time, especially from little kids. Some will ask, 'What happened to your arm?' The parents look embarrassed."
But Robitaille doesn't let encounters like that bother her.
"That's all right. I would rather people ask than stare," she said.
The looks and comments do not carry as much influence now. Since accepting the job in July 2009 - her first "real job" - Robitaille said her responsibilities are expanding along with her confidence.
"I'm doing things I didn't think I could do before," she said. "This job has helped change my outlook. I don't think of myself as challenged."
According to statistics compiled by Cornell University, of more than 50 million Americans who live with some form of disability, only 17.6 percent were employed in 2008.
An inspiring artist, Robitaille said she is determined to live, work and play like any "normal" 19-year-old.
So that's what she's doing.
"Jessica is a fantastic employee," Chuck Lamm, a Target human resources executive wrote in an e-mail.
A native of Rapid River, Mich., Robitaille's family moved to Huntersville when she was 13 years old. Compared to the small Escanaba suburb, where she had 34 classmates, Robitaille admitted feeling apprehension attending the bigger Bradley Middle School. Not only did she go from knowing everyone to no one, Robitaille was leery of how her unfamiliar peers would react to her UCBED.
"I wore coats all the time," she said, to cover up her disability.
In time, Robitaille said she met new friends at school. She is meeting more at work, too. "When people get to know me, they say, 'Oh, that's just Jessica,'" she said.
She's just a typical teenager working her first job at Target.