How was your break and what did you do?
Over the break I didn't do all that much. I went to a Christmas party the Saturday we got off, and that was fun. After that, me and my family drove to my grandparents house to see all of my dad's side of the family for Christmas. We drove back home to see my grandma on my mom's side in New Braunfels for Christmas Eve, and then back to San Marcos to open presents from my parents. The next Wednesday and Thursday I had baseball practice and other than that I didn't do a whole lot.
What is the most trouble you have ever given your parents? What is the most enjoyment you have ever given them?
When I was about 10 years old, me and my family took a trip to Florida, so we figured a plane ride would be easier. Right before hopping on the plane, I went to use the restroom right next to where we were supposed to aboard the flight. Thing was I didn't tell anyone. While it didn't seem like a big deal to me, my parents were worrying and looking for me. We were in group A, and should've been able to sit together as a family. However, they were waiting for me to come back, so we sat away from each other in the very back of the plane.
Sophomore year has been a joy ride so far. With that being said, my grades have been exceptionally good, especially compared to my past few years. When I came home from school for Christmas break with my Report Card, the look on their face was as happy as I've ever seen them.
What dream can you conceive? Can you believe it? Can you achieve it?
I think my dream and goal in life is to pursue a baseball career after high school and hopefully start a business built off of my experiences and help children and teens with their pitching mechanics. I work hard everyday because I believe one day that dream may come true. I believe this is very achievable.
Three day weekend what are you doing?
This weekend I will drive down to my grandparent's house where they have a deer blind and a feeder set up on their land. Hopefully I will come across something good to shoot because over the break all I got was a spike. Good for meat, just not the ideal mount. Other than that I don't really have anything planned because I will hopefully return by Sunday.
How do you decide if you like someone? How do you show interest in them?
I think what makes me like someone the most is if I feel really comfortable talking to them in person and if I can say what I want around them without worrying about them getting offended or angry at me in any way.
Have you ever "passed on a kindness"?
A couple years ago I was given a monitor to play video games on by my mother. I stopped playing games last year so I put it away in my closet to store. My friend got a computer for his birthday, but he had nothing to play it on since his TV didn't have a VGA port. I gave it to him and passed on a kindness from my mom.
Who is your biggest fan?
My biggest fan would probably have to be my father. Ever since I was a child my father has supported me in whatever I do. Especially the past couple years, since I've started baseball and he's taken me to every practice, scheduled me lessons, and bought me all the tools and equipment I need to perform to my full potential and build the strengths that will help me.
What do you love most about yourself? What do others love about you?
I think what I love the most about myself is that I'm not very talkative, and that I let people come to me. I'm sure that's not what everyone else loves, because I bet I'd have more friends if I really put myself out there. But I've made all my friends just being myself and I'm perfectly fine with that.
Which of your senses is the most important to you? What would you do without it?
I think the most important of my five senses is probably sight. Without vision, you lose a huge perspective of life, and without it, I'm not sure what I would do. Life would be very dull and lifeless.
How do you see yourself? How do you think others see you?
I am a pretty quiet person, for the most part. However, I think I speak when I need to, or when I feel it is right to. I'm sure other people see myself how I do, and I'm not really a mean person, so I would imagine people like me.
How were you taught to tell the truth?
As a child, I was always taught to tell the truth, and if if I didn't, there would be consequences. Whether the consequences are physical or non physical, I think some sort of consequence is the best way to teach kids to tell the truth.
Have your parents ever practiced "long division" on you and your friends?
My parents have tried veering kids away from me so that I wouldn't hang out with them. Usually it was the right move on their part.
When has a friend opened up a whole new world for you?
In the 8th grade my friends all started playing baseball and I told myself to try it like them. Turns out that is something I really enjoy doing and I'm glad they opened that up to me.
What is the most important advice you have ever received?
My father told me to learn to love who I am. It helps me with everything I do from school to athletics because it boosts my confidence.
What was the stupidest thing you have ever done? Did someone persuade you to do it?
I think I made the stupidest decisions early on in my life, and one of them was not being involved in sports till later on. Although I was in soccer till I was 10, I didn't take it all that seriously and was behind in athletic ability. I wasn't necessarily persuaded by anyone to be like that, but I always hung out with a group of kids that did nothing but play video games.
Today I will leave at 3:45 for a baseball game in Luling which we will play at 7. Although Luling isn't all that far away, we ride the same bus as the Freshman team and they play at 5.
What do you wish you knew then that you know now?
When I was in middle school I wish I would've known how beneficial it was gonna be to take advanced courses such as Algebra and Spanish then so I would have a head start in high school.
What is the most frightening thing that has happened to you? How did you live through it?
When I was about 8 years old everyday I would walk home from school to my house and wait for my parents to get home. One day the power went out in my house, and since the house phone ran off of power from my house, I couldn't contact my parents. Luckily, my dad came to pick me up about 20 minutes after it went out.
Have you ever received an anonymous gift? Have you ever given one? How did it feel?
No I have not and I have never given one so I'm not quite sure how it feels.
What do you try to do "perfectly"? What happens?
Every time I pick up a baseball, I try to make a throw the best that I can. However, usually I end up messing up whenever I try too hard, so I've been working on my mindset and how I should approach the situation.
What is the best thing you have seen teenagers do lately?
This weekend I watched teenagers clean up trash around the river, and I think that was one of the best things I had seen teenagers do in a long time. It's hard to come across kids that do stuff like that, since all anyone wants to do is lie around all day.
What are your Spring Break plans?
This spring break I plan to spend time with friends and family as well as playing in a baseball tournament with the high school team.
What did you do over spring break
Over the spring break I wasn't able to travel any where like I usually do, due to baseball. However I still had fun; I had a few games, went to the river, and went fishing.
What dream can you conceive? Can you believe it? Can you achieve it?
I will achieve being successful in life, whether I become financially successful or achieving happiness. I believe I can do it because I know what it takes to succeed and I know I have the god given talent and the ability to learn to be able to achieve it.
What is the best thing you have ever written? What is the best thing ever written to you?
I think the best thing I have ever written would be any of my 3 STAAR/EOC writing essays which I have made a perfect score of a 4 on. The best thing written to me would have to be a letter from my grandmother which regarding doing what I wished in life and just a bunch of life-long tools to help me succeed.
When have you needed a friend most? Was someone there for you? When has a friend needed you? Were you there for your friend?
One day my friend was having a rough morning, and he just so happened to leave all his things for athletics at home as he was in a hurry. He texted me that morning and asked if he could borrow a glove of mine, in which I brought one of my old ones from my house that he could use.
What is the balance of your personal bank account? Are you rich or bankrupt?
While I feel like this is not a question of anyone else's business, I do not own a bank account and if I did I'm sure I wouldn't be bankrupt.
Have you ever made a resolution? What was it? When did you make it? Did you follow through with it? What resolution do you want to make now?
I made a resolution to get stronger over this past summer, and I somewhat followed through with it
What is the secret of your success? What is the one thing you do that makes you successful?
My work ethic. Often times I don't put in full effort into certain things, but when I find something I really enjoy, I go really hard.
Do you pretend to be someone or something that you are not? Why?
No. I think if you're not yourself or try to be someone you are not you will make yourself look like a fool because people will begin to realize that's not you.
How are you unlike any other person? What makes you unique and different from everyone else?
I am unlike any other person because of my personality, and no one can have the exact same personality as someone else. I think what makes us unique and different from everyone else in the world is our personalities and our looks. We may look like someone but have a completely different personality,
What unhealthy habit would like to break? Have you already tried to break it? How?
Although I have quite a few habits I would like to break, I'd say my worst is spitting through my teeth when I'm outside. As much as I've tried to break it, I have to really think hard about not doing it because it's just a tick.
Are you carrying around "barnacles" in the form of mistakes, regrets, and pain from the past? How could you let go of these burdens.
No I do not carry them around, I forget about the past and always focus on the main task at hand. It's quite easy to let go of them, but you have to
Have you ever been "burned" by a bad experience? Has a bad experience ever transformed you and turned you into a new person?
I have had experiences where I've hurt myself, and I then become more cautious and think things through before I do them, but overall my personality is still the same even after these experiences.
Today we play Bowie in a double header. Bowie is undefeated this year, and we're 8-1, only dropping one district game to Anderson. Hopefully we can beat them since these are our last two games oif
Is there anything you hate doing, but you do it anyway because it makes you a better person? What is it?
I have ADD, and often times I find it very hard to focus in school. I have been prescribed a medication that I do not like taking because it makes me feel weird, but it really helps me stay focus. Sometimes before tests I will take it to improve my performance even though I do not like it.,
What situation in your life requires win-win thinking?
I think running track is probably what requires it the most. I'm not very good at long distance, so when I do run I'm just getting better, and running can never hurt.