What have you been doing to pass the time during quarantine? 

I’ve been reading a lot more. I’ve also been keeping track of my health by eating right and working out. Not only that, but I’ve volunteered at the Salvation Army next to the El Paso Coliseum to complete my community service hours (and just because I want to help the greater good).

What are you doing to make the best out of your senior year? 

Really just keeping my head up. There’s no doubt in my mind that the situation in which we are in has taken a toll on my mental health, But I haven’t surrendered. That being said, I’ve used this time to strengthen myself and my bonds with my family.

How has virtual learning changed the way you study? 

I’ve forced myself to become more hands-on than I was before the outbreak. Now I study myself by watching YouTube video tutorials or studying from various websites. I’m just a lot more independent now.

How have you prepared for the challenges you are facing this school year? 

By strengthening my will and patience. I’ll admit that the concept of being in front of a screen for several hours at a time was rather daunting, especially when considering the fact that computer malfunctions and WiFi disconnections greatly annoy me. Now I roll with the punches and try to recover from any mistakes on my end. Schoology also offers some great self-paced learning opportunities, just in case I lose my WiFi connection for a while.

Describe your workplace at home. 

It’s very organized and clean. I’m a bit OCD, so I can’t stand a cluttered working environment. However, I do like the fact that my room is decorated; it makes it feel more homely rather than an office.

What are your hopes for after you graduate from high school? 

Hopefully I’ll be accepted into a 4 -year college/university of my liking (preferably UTEP).

What advice would you give to incoming freshmen? 

Don’t stress yourself out. Stress only snowballs and makes even the easiest of assignments appear to be impossible to complete. If you’re having trouble, talk to your teachers; ask them for help. They won’t object, and I’m sure most will appreciate the effort. If push comes to shove, look up a video to help out.

What are your top three university choices? 

University of Texas at El Paso (UTEP) University of Texas at San Antonio (UTSA) University of Texas at Austin