At Stanbridge, I am influenced to be creative, to be an explorer, to be comical and to be a learner. Stanbridge taught me how to go camping, how to be independent, and how to take public transportation. Having Camille as an art teacher influenced me to express myself with art. All the art experiences I’ve had with her taught me about color and patience. I really enjoyed being on the yearbook design team. On experiential trips, teacher chaperones would often encourage us to go out of our comfort zones. During the Aptos Wolf School trip during my sophomore year, I was nervous to go on the flying squirrel rope course. But after cheers and motivation from my classmate and teachers, I was not afraid anymore. Additionally my teachers at Stanbridge understood my situation and helped me overcome my speech barriers. They coached me to speak loudly or repeat sentences.
Kari also helped me with my articulation and social skills. Over the years, my confidence has grown, and I have become more expressive and sociable. I speak with self assurance in class and often advocate for myself. I was even chosen as the Freshman representative from teachers and got elected for student government secretary twice. This also encouraged me to participate an internship at Zennioptical. I also enjoyed all the community service activities that I participated over the month.
I’d like to thank my dad, all of my teachers, and my classmates who all helped me to achieve my goals. Thank you Jay for teaching me science. Allison for teaching me how to use grammar over the years. Matt for being my funny math teacher. Mark for teaching me all the nuts and bolts of sports. Maureen for teaching me, you are a great teacher. My dad for helping me to get into my dream schools. Miss Alex and Jay for convincing me to draw a blackbird at the talent show during my Sophomore year. Erik for coaching me in hockey. I would especially like to thank Ali for giving me the definition and pronunciation of every word I did not know in class and the air guitar playing Jace for being my friend. I am also thankful for my sister who assisted me with my college application, my mom who helped me find a school, and my grandma who motivated me to get through every problem I faced. You are one in a Minion.
Next year I am going to St Mary’s college, a four year school in Moraga. I will be living in a dorm next year and will learn how to become more independent. I hope to continue my studying art in college so I can fulfill my dream of leaving my brushmark on the world.