“I think my biggest challenge this year [will] be moving all the way to Bakersfield. I have to deal with meeting new people, and it’s a new place to live and get to know. The benefits from it, I think, is that since it is new to me. I’ll be able to explore a new city. It affects me, though, because I’m going to miss my friends here at Gunderson and my old house. I feel like I would start to...
"There's a lot of parts to the sports [volleyball and softball]. Like the positions, the way you've got to play the game... You have to think. Like you have to play smart, and it's just like a mind game in a way."
¨The hardest thing Ive ever had to go through was when I fractured my shin in the summer of sophomore year from a baseball that my friend hit with a baseball bat. I was at home for almost the whole summer, and it was really hard to get my leg back into the shape it was in before the accident. Ever since that day, I haven't played baseball with out any gear on.¨
Work, effort, and determination
"Don't skip out on your homework, be serious in your classes, and just pay attention to the teacher. During my freshmen year... I almost failed my Algebra 1 math class. After realizing this, I made sure to put in work, effort, and determination in order to pass my future classes. I always make sure to pay attention to the teacher since they're the ones who teach the material and will help me pass the...
"My biggest struggle is not being able to see my dad everyday. It feels like I don't have a father figure in my life at the moment with him being away from me and having to see my mom struggle and do it on her own hurts me even more."
"My best experience in high school has probably been sophomore year, Homecoming time. Mostly because I'm in Leadership, and it was really fun. We really bonded as a class at the time since the skit was really cool, and we made a bunch of decorations together."
"One thing I really like about this school is that everyone minds their own business. When I think about it, there are people I know from other schools who say that a lot the kids who go there are in everyone's business, but to me its a lot different here."
"The experience I feel has been most rewarding to me is teaching. You make an impact on people's lives. You ignite a 'spark' in students. You surround yourself with love, and you inspire children."
"All I know is that I want to own a business. I don't know what kind, but some kind of business. I'm going to get to my career by going to college. I want to go to the University of Hawaii. They have a really good business program."
"It makes me feel kinda small sometimes ... I feel like some [teenagers] just don't realize what they're doing, but they don't really care or they just don't want to accept that you know they're this person that they are."
"I would say, overtime, the happiest thing to happen to me is watching my boys grow into young men. That really makes me want to cry, like I just love my sons and they are such good people. And so, it's really wonderful watching them become real good people as they get older. So that's like overtime, the evolution of my family."
“My outlet is photography and art. I don’t know, I just like to go in a quiet area and just focus on my thoughts and put some creativity into my paintings, drawings, and just sketches. It just makes me feel better and relieves my stress.”
"Make sure you do everything on time. While I was in my sophomore world history class last year, I didn't turn in one crucial paper on time. That same paper turned my grade from an A to an F and it took me the rest of the year to bring my grade back up to a B."
"I am my own biggest struggle. I put myself through situations that are unneeded, and I cause them when I really don't want them in my life. For example, relationships, or family situations, anything that wasn't a big deal in the first place."
"A challenge I have been facing is being able to graduate from high school. So, making sure that my grades are kept up with in order for me not to fail. I had messed up in previous years by getting Fs. Now, I have a full schedule and can't afford to get any more Fs so I have to for sure get good grades to make my parents happy."
"Not procrastinating in school or work is very important. One time when I did procrastinate was when I was in 8th grade and we had to do monthly book reports and I didn't do it until the last night and I didn’t sleep at all the night before, so the work I did the next day wasn’t as good as it could’ve been and the book report didn’t turn out as good as I would have liked for it to. So make...
"Ginny, Chicken, Taco, Peaches, and Empress are my babies. I love all animals, I just choose cats to be my roommates. When they poop, I just pick it up for them. Everybody poops."
"My goal is to get a little bit bigger and get muscle on my body. My challenge is not really to lift but to have the right nutrition throughout the day. I don't eat enough throughout the day. Leg day sucks! I'm trying to have bulk up to 185 pounds. I have a pretty simple life sometimes I don't do much. I like it just enjoy life, I always feel good and happy even when you have to work through it."
"I think my high school years were absolutely the toughest years. I definitely battled the most depression during high school, and that was because of a rape that happened when I was a 9th grade student. Also, several years of an abusive step father. That took a lot of time and a lot of therapy to get through. I think the most interesting part about that is going through all of that and coming out...
"My grandpa passed away last year. I didn't get to say my last goodbye. I remember my mom telling me he had a heart attack. I couldn't believe it happened so fast. At least I know I'm making him proud. Every time I think about him I wish I could go back in time and hold on tight, but thankfully I still have my grandma. She motivates me and keeps me going."
"Being happy means that you don't have worries, enjoying life, spreading positivity and always having a smile on your face."
"True heartfelt respect can help you be very successful in all aspects of life. No matter what happens in life its always important to keep moving on no matter what life throws at you. I've always stayed true to myself no matter who I worked with. When I was younger I grew up as a competitive gymnast. But at the end of the day even after you performed in front of the judges that might have rated you...
"It's bothering me that I'm disappointing my parents by not having the grades they want me to have and that I know I can get. It just isn't the easiest for me."
“Not procrastinating in school or work is very important, one time when I did procrastinate was when I was in 8th grade and we had to do monthly book reports and I didn't do it until the last night and I didn’t sleep at all the night before, so the work I did the next day wasn’t as good as it could’ve been and the book report didn’t turn out as good as i would have liked for it to. So make...
"Make sure you do everything on time. While I was in my sophomore world history class last year I didn't turn in one crucial paper on time. That same paper turned my grade from an A to an F and it took me the rest of the year to bring my grade back up to a B."