1). What is your vision/ambition for your future? What do you want to be your lasting impact?
The dictionary defines “ambition” as an earnest desire for some type of achievement or distinction, as power, honor, fame, or wealth, and the willingness to strive for its attainment. I define it as the voice in someone’s head that screams never give up at the top of it's lungs.
My ambition for the future is to not only become a successful business man who can look back at his achievements, but a man who has impacted others lives while doing so. I want to have so much of an impact on people's lives that they can look at me in the light of a role model.
Coming from nothing and being something great is a lot more of an achievement in my eyes than being handed success on a silver platter. A man who can learn from his flaws and become successful is a man who has the greatest impact on others. This is the type of man I strive to be one day.
2).What do you miss most about high school? What would you do again?
High school was a time of learning about oneself just like any other social experience. What I miss the most about high school is being able to have so much time to spend with my family and friends.
Having a car and living at home made it so easy to know what was going on with the people who meant the most to me. Instead of making a call to see what my little siblings are up to, I could just walk into the other room and see for myself. When I missed someone dearly or just needed someone to talk to, I could hop in my car and hang with the person I wanted to see.
Something I would do again is track, because it was such a great way to relieve stress around some of the people who I cared for dearly even to this day.
3. How did you deal with peer pressure in high school?
The way I dealt with peer pressure in high school was by staying active with sports and working out. If my friends tried peer pressuring me into doing something I would tell them that I can't because I’m in season and don't want to ruin my performance.
Luckily anyone who tried “peer pressuring” me understood that I took my sports seriously, so they wouldn't be too upset with me. Also if I knew any bad influences were going to something I was going to, I wouldn't bother and would just go workout/play basketball (off season).
A person can't be put under peer pressure if they have a legit excuse or if they aren't in the situation period. This is something I realized early on in high school.
4.What was your most liked class and least liked class in high school? Why?
My most liked class in high school was physical education because it was the best time to relieve stress in high school. When finals were on my mind along with other sources of stress, I could always rely on gym class to get any frustration out.
My least liked class was honors physics, with one of the hardest teachers in school. I would always have to stay after to get extra help because the teacher would push us so hard. Although he made my high school career miserable, he still pushed me to a point that I wouldn't be able to reach for myself. So even though I despised, it still taught me how to push myself.
5. Who or what was your greatest influence or mentor during high school?
My greatest influence during high school was my mother. The reason for this is because even though she is a single mother with three children, she keeps her head up. I would see her everyday in high school, I witnessed all the ups and downs that she went through. The fact that she could lose her job and still not give up only proved to me that any problems I had were only miniscule.
I think this is the main reason why even to this day I overcome so many obstacles. In my mind I’m thinking; if my mom can prevail, then so can I. She is honestly a role model that I could always rely on for support and motivation. She was my main influence for success in high school because she was always there. Even though I'm in college now, I still can't replace the positive impact she has on my life. I wouldn't be the person I am today if it wasn't for the impact of my mother.
6).What impact does social networking have on people now and in the future?
Social networking is a huge part of our generation. Instead of conflicts starting in school, people nowadays will take it to their computer. When everyone on the internet can join a conflict online, little things like name calling can escalate into a fist fight. Other than the drama, social networking can also be used beneficially to keep people friends and family together. In the future everything in my opinion will be passed around on social networking sites whether its a status update about life or a picture of something going on. It is a huge part of procrastinating in my opinion and will lead to less educate future generations. The sooner people get their heads out of a social site and into a book, is when we will progress as a human race.
7).What extracurricular activities were you involved in? What was their impact?
The main extracurricular activity that I was involved in was track and field. I was the captain of my team and made sure to keep a positive bond with my teammates who eventually became close friends. The impact of being captain was that it taught me responsibility and people skills.
People on the team could come to me whenever they needed advice on how to improve or even other things going on in their lives. I learned to stay modest even if I was winning, because a hothead always leads to failure. Even when I pulled my hamstring and was out of big events, I learned to still keep my head high and better myself.
As my feet hit the track I would relieve any stress that was going through my mind. I created bonds with my teammates/coach, and met friends that I haven't lost even to this day. I would relive my high school track career over and over if I could.
8). Are you a different person now being in college? How so?
I completely think that I am a different person after attending college. In high school I would take forever to do my work and rely on my mom to get a lot of things done. She would cook, clean, and even call me out sick when I didn't get something done. These were bad habits that I had developed because I was put in a easy situation.
When I came to college, at first I struggled getting my work done. But over time I realized that old habits wouldn't cut it, and that I had to change my methods, if I was to grow in this new environment. I learned to cook a little bit, clean and manage my time better. For me to able to balance work, school and extracurricular activities, I had to create new habits.
When I came back home for break, my mom was shocked at how many skills I had picked up. In the long run I had added more things to my survival skills for when I go off on my own. Now because of college, I am better prepared for whatever my future has to offer.