Tell us a little about you(your background and how was it like)?
I am the sixth child out of seven; I used to think this was the worst place because all my siblings could beat-up on me, and I wasn’t protected by my parents like the youngest is. Through the years I’ve come to realize how lucky I am to of had five older siblings to learn from. I’ve played soccer for fourteen years, and currently, I play for an adult indoor league for fun. I am going to school for Psychology and Sign Language, after I finish getting my bachelors I’d like to go to graduate school for Psychology and someday become a child’s Psychologist. Right now I have two jobs, I am a waitress at a Brewhouse Restuarant, and a tutor for high-school students. I started working when I was 15; I juggled school, track, soccer, and a job. I worked at that restaurant for four years, starting as a busser and finishing as a shift manager. I worked hard and saved my money. I have now been to five different countries for various reasons from the money I made at my first job. Now, of course, life wasn’t always easy, luckily I was raised to not only believe but to trust in God as well. My family routed me deeply in the Catholic faith, and it was the best thing my parents ever did for me. Each day I wake up and thank God for literally everything in my life, from the shoes on my feet to the love and support I get daily from my friends and family. I have had the opportunity to live a good life, and I know God is to thank for that.
What do you value most from your country?
I value freedom most from my country. The fact that we are given unalienable rights, and the opportunity to pursue happiness as we see fit is the best thing any of us could be given in my opinion.
Who influences you to go after your goals?
Seeing my siblings grow up and pursue their dreams has always inspired me to follow mine; however, I think the biggest influence in my life was the people I met in Cape Town South Africa. Not only the students I mentored who decided they wanted to be doctors at the age of thirteen and had started taking the steps necessary to follow their dreams, but the locals who saw a problem within their community and decided to do someone about it. One man, named Sizwe, started a company delivering peoples perscriptions on a bike. Years later he has his picture in the clinic and trucks to deliver the prescriptions to peoples doors. We visited him in Africa, riding bikes and delivery prescriptions like he did when he first started. He said to us “Where there is a problem lies an opportunity.” I was inspired to recognize the problems in my community and take the necessary steps to combat the problems I see.
What advice can you give a teen about going through hardships?
Look back at something you overcame in the past, think about how you felt at the time. Perhaps you felt like things would never change, or like there was no way you could ever overcome it; here you are, past that hardship and stuck in the next. This too will pass like all rough times, and at the end, you’ll be able to look back and say “yeah, it was hard. But I got through it.”
If you and only three wish to change your family or the world’s life what would they be?
I wouldn’t change much in my family, except for one thing. I would want my brothers and my dad to be more grateful for everything my mom does for them. As for the world, I wish people in wealthier countries had the same grateful attitude as people in poor countries; I also wish the people in poor countries had the same opportunities and resources people do in wealthier countries.
Was there a time u helped others out?
I have had the opportunity to travel to Haiti for a mission trip where I met many of the locals. Our group went on house visits where we sat with the people and talked, we also brought them food and water if they were in need. I don’t know if I really helped anyone there, but they truly helped me. I also went to South Africa where I mentored young students aspiring to be doctors. Our group taught the students about the heart and the flow of blood through it, the digestive system, the importance of eating healthy, and about type 1 & 2 diabetes. I hope I helped the two students I was paired with, I did my best to teach them as much as I could.
Are you happy in the position you are now in life?
I am very happy with my life right now, I have so much to be grateful for.
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