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

Time during quarantine seems to pass incredibly slow! I began going to the gym a few days a week in order to make sure that I stay active, especially during this time of constant sitting. I’ve read quite a few books over quarantine, as well as participated in a few volunteer activities. I also took up a small job over quarantine in order to help keep myself busy and earn a little bit of extra cash on the side. 🙂

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

I believe in order to make the best out of senior year, we should all strive to be positive. Of course, these are unprecedented times which bring uncertainty and maybe even anxiety to our everyday lives. Even the slightest bit of positivity can go a long way!

How are you staying in touch with your classmates? 

I stay in touch usually through text, sometimes through direct messages on various social media apps, and once in a while some friends and I would get together to eat lunch on a Zoom call as if we were in school! 😀

How has virtual learning changed the way you study? 

Virtual learning has enabled me to become more self-sufficient with my study habits. I’ve learned to focus on the matter at hand and learned to take breaks every 30-40 min in order to keep my mind fresh and sharp. I’ve also learned never to underestimate a good study snack, as snacking for me personally helps me stay focused after hours of staring at a screen.

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

In order to prepare for the challenges I am facing this school year, I’ve learned to accept that my senior year will be a unique one. My senior year, along with countless of other student’s senior year around the world, is going quite differently than we imagined at the moment! I’ve began to learn how to manage my time during quarantine, a skill that has come quite useful during this school year.

Describe your workplace at home. 

My workplace at home is one of my favorite places in my house. My desk faces a window which gives me something beautiful to look at during breaks or when my mind starts to wander. I like to surround myself with things that bring me joy, so a few pictures of my friends and my significant other as well as some. candles and even some rose quartz and amethyst. It might sound a little bit too much, but it honestly makes school and homework a lot more tolerable. 🙂

What song has kept you motivated throughout quarantine? Why? 

A song that has kept me motivated throughout quarantine would be ‘Everything I Wanted’ by Billie Eilish. Although this song has a very dark undertone, upon closer inspection, it can be considered a hopeful song. The lyric, ‘it feels like yesterday was a year ago” spoke volumes about how quarantine impacted our perception of time.

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

After graduating from high school, I aspire to be admitted to the nursing program at UTEP and finally me able to move out and live independently! I also hope to get my CNA certification before the end of 2021 so I would have the opportunity to work in a medical setting while I get my degree. 🙂

What advice would you give to incoming freshmen? 

Remember to enjoy your high school years! Stop worrying about trivial things and just enjoy the experience. Of course school, grades, and homework are important, but they’re not everything. Remember to breathe, remember that you are a living human being, and you need to take care of yourself too! 🙂

What are your top three university choices? 

My top three university choices at the moment are UTEP, NMSU and EPCC.