The next moment she speaks as an adult about what she has learned during the time in jail and what she intends to do with that knowledge.
The 17-year-old Palestinian teenager has become a symbol of resistance, and she has a message she wants to share.
"Resistance continues until the end of the occupation," she vowed to a fan base that had gathered in her village of Nabi Saleh in the West Bank to celebrate her release. "I thank everyone who helped me with my arrest."
Tamimi came to prominence in 2012, raising her fist to become an Israeli soldier. The image of her staring at the soldier immediately made her famous.
In an interview with Ian Lee of CNN on the day of her release, Tamimi appears relaxed and smiling, with a black and white Palestinian keffiyeh around her shoulders. She is on parole and occasionally chooses her words carefully.
When asked if she regrets beating the soldier, Tamimi said, "I did not do anything wrong, I did not go to the soldier, the soldier came to my house." The soldier forced me to do so That's a normal reaction to what happened. "
Tamimi was sent to jail as a teenager, but brought out an icon for the Palestinians. Every hearing of her military procedure received international attention and she was often seen in court.
"It makes me happy and so proud that I have managed to convey the message of prisoners, my homeland and nation, and manages to convey the message that the Palestinians are suffering because of the occupation," Tamimi said Lee.
At the time of their arrest, Israeli Defense Minister Avigdor Liberman said, "Those who go wild during the day are arrested at night."
In prison, Tamimi completed her high school diploma and started making plans for the future. She's already in college.
"In the future I will enroll and study for a university, and one day I want to be a famous lawyer to defend my country," said Tamimi.