How was your holiday and what did you do?
My holiday was far better than the last and was very enjoyable. For Christmas i spent time with both sides of my family and I spent New Years Eve at my house popping fireworks. We all sat together and watched the clock run down and as midnight came, we put on a show. I always enjoy our holiday break and look forward to it every year. The only thing that would make it better would be if it didn't go by so fast.
What is the most trouble you have ever given your parents? What is the most enjoyment you have ever given them?
The most trouble I have ever given my parents was when I started learning how to drive. For the longest time I was begging them to let me get behind the wheel even if it meant just backing up the car into the driveway. Finally they let me and to their surprise I wasn't that bad. I guess at some cases I got a little too confident and when I was pulling into the driveway I came at a bad angle and ended up rubbing along the side of my brothers car. It still amazes me today that they still allow me to drive. The most enjoyment I have ever given them was when I was nominated student council president in middle school. They were extremely proud in me, my worth ethic, and my leadership. That moment was one that neither of us will ever forget.
Does writing help you express your feelings?
Yes, I believe that writing can help express your feelings because when you write your mind is open. Sometimes your thoughts can be trapped in your mind and it affect your whole body. Stress and anxiety can be the worst thoughts of all. The affect writing has is that it allows you to release and set free those thoughts on a single piece of paper. Some people think they need to be occupied and busy to keep your mind of things, but really that's just pushing those thoughts in your head further back. People say actions speak louder than words, but really, words can express feelings actions can't.
What dream can you conceive?
One of the many dreams and goals I have in life is to attend a top university and plan for a successful life. Out of my parents my mother was the only one to go to college and as she helped raise my brother and I she has constantly pushed us towards that route. As for "planning for a successful life" I hope to take what i majored in college in, and make it into my career. My father is a business man, so like my mother, as my brother and I grew up he would teach us tips on how to run thing successfully. As of right now my brother is fixing to take on that journey and we are all very excited. For me I have three more years, but when the time comes, ill be ready and well prepared.
What are your plans for this weekend?
My plans for this three day weekend is to attempt to jump ahead on my future assignments. I have some projects and assignments that are due in the upcoming weeks and I see this as the perfect opportunity to get ahead on those projects. Also I intend to watch some of the NFL playoff games on Saturday and Sunday even though my team is not playing in any of those games. I wont be able to enjoy them as much but I am still excited and looking forward to them.
How do you decide if you like someone? How do you show interest in them?
For me, determining if I like someone is right off the bat on how they introduce themselves. I'm one for first impressions, and I believe that a first impression is very crucial in any relationship. After I get a feel for how they are and how they hold themselves, really I just let them tell me as much about themselves as they can, its astonishing how much you can have in common with them. Usually it takes a lot for me not to like someone, but after one encounter I really can't decide because I still don't really know them as they don't really know me.
Have you ever "passed on a kindness"?
One time while I was at the store buying some stuff I needed for a project, I came up short a few dollars during the transaction. As it was I was already stressing and was in a hurry to get this thing done, and coming up short on money did not help the cause. I don't know if the employee saw the frustration in my face or if he was in just in a good mood, because he told me not to worry about it and let me by. This without a doubt made my day. Later on when I went to pick up my dog from Pets Smart, I saw an elderly woman in my same predicament. She was trying to buy cat food, but was also a few dollars short. I went over and paid for the cat food completely as a way to "pass the kindness".
Who is your biggest fan?
Without a doubt my biggest fan or fans, are my grandparents. Ever since I was three years old playing rec basketball they would always go watch my games. As I went to middle school, they would always ask me where and when my next game was. Now that I'm in high school playing basketball, they are still attending my games. The look of excitement across their faces is one of the things I look forward too after every game.
What do you love most about yourself? What do others love about you?
The thing I love most about myself is my will and drive to get things done. I'm always the person who in a group project, put the chip on my shoulder. I set myself and my work at a very high standard and will stop at nothing unless those standards are met. I think I can say the same for that's what others like about me. People often tell me I have good leadership skills, and I try to use those skills in everything I do.
What do you love most about yourself? What do others love about you?
The thing I love most about myself is my will and drive to get things done. I'm always the person who in a group project is willing to put the chip on their shoulder. I set myself and my work at a very high standard and will stop at nothing unless those standards are met if not exceeded. I think I can say the same for that's what others like about me. People often tell me i have good leadership skills, and I try to use those skills in everything I do.
How do you see yourself? How do you think others see you?
I see myself as a very hard working and driven person. I always go 110% in anything and everything I do. I believe that if i'm going to do something, i'm going to try my very best to make it the best it can be. I think other people see me the same because the results show how much of a hard worker I am.
Do you treat people as they are, or as the ought to be?
I treat others as they ought to be treated. I'm one that doesn't believe in acting or treating people differently because of who they are, if they are a certain way, that depicts on how I treat them. I try to be the best person I can be, and that is based on how I treat people.
How were you taught to tell the truth?
I was taught that telling the truth would result in gaining peoples respect and trust. If you were to lie, not many people would trust you. I'm one for always being honest with people regardless of the circumstances. Even though the truth may hurt, all it takes is one lie that can completely destroy a relationship with a person.
Have your parents ever practiced "long division" on you and your friends?
Yes, my parents taught me and guided me throughout my childhood in what to expect on who I hang around with. They always told me never to hang around kids involved in drugs and alcohol at a young age. To this day they still try to push and emphasize that factor. I'm thankful they helped me with that because if they didn't who knows what would've happened? Who knows if I would've even been here today?
When has a friend opened up a whole new world to you?
My seventh grade year, a friend of mine introduced me to music of the past, like rock n roll. Ever since I was first introduced, I've been hooked. Music back then used to tell a story through a song, in which today's music heavily lacks. Since then that's a majority of what I listen to. There are sometimes where I'm stressing and need something to get calm and relaxed and that is when I listen to it most. If it hadn't been for that friend who introduced me to that genre, I don't know what I'd be listening to. It opened up a whole new world.
What is the most important advice you have ever received?
The most important advice I have ever received was from my grandfather a few years back. He told me that no matter the circumstances, let nothing distract me from achieving my highest goals. This means a lot coming from him, because he is a prime example. He's a very successful business man, with only a fifth grade education. Despite his lack of education he was still able to overcome that and teach himself the skills needed to have his own business.
What was the stupidest thing you've ever done?
The stupidest thing I have ever done was probably ride my bike to fast through Santa Monica. It was our first time in Santa Monica and It was my idea to rent and ride bikes along the beach. It was very popular because there were bike rentals everywhere. Because it was a popular attraction, they made sidewalks to keep away from any traffic on the sidewalks. Well, me not knowing better I was in the moment. I remember going as fast as I possibly could and just let the bike cruise the rest of the way. I guess I wasn't looking where I was going because a man was coming in the opposite direction and almost hit me. I remember making a turn at the last second and falling face first onto the sand. Luckily I turned in time because if I hadn't, the stupidest thing I've ever did would be putting myself in a hospital on vacation.
Today is an important day for the varsity basketball team. They're in a playoff with Mainor, which will result in a place in a playoff spot. This is do or die. The basketball program will all go to the game for support. This is the first time that San Marcos was put in this position. We've split the two games so far, so this one should be interesting.
What do you wish you knew then that you know now?
I wish I knew how hard I'd be working now, back then. Last year I used to have a lot of free and downtime, but this year I'd be lucky to get at least five or ten minutes worth. I was used to it so much that It would become a habit where I would just always relax and be stress free. I wish I could've prepared myself a little better.