From High School nothing to Following Dreams

My time in high school

Attended high school in the

Overall high school experience
2/10. I hated high school. I didn't always get along with my peers or staff, which led to me graduating early.

Grades in high school
C's and below. I didn't care for doing homework, however I always did pretty well on tests.


Favorite subjects
Math, Science, Ceramics

Struggled with...
English and History. I still struggle with History even now. I like being able to touch the history instead of read about it.

Favorite extracurricular
Community Service / Social Activism

Life since high school

I got accepted into a culinary school. It proved that I can do anything if I put my mind to it.

Attended college / university at
Foothill, transfered to Allan Hancock, and starting Summer 2016 will be at Santa Barbara City College

Places lived in US

Current occupations / past occupations
I love cooking whenever I can

Industries I've worked in
- Accommodation and Food Services

How does your college experience compare to your expectations of it while you were in high school?
It is exactly how I imagined it to be.

Has your education or career/occupation trajectory ever changed? How?
It has not changed since I was 7.

A little introspection...

To me, being successful means...
Doing what you love

My definition of success has not changed over time. 

My greatest accomplishment to date and what I’ve learned from it
I got accepted into a culinary school. It proved that I can do anything if I put my mind to it.

My biggest mistake or regret so far and what I’ve learned from it
I regret not staying in touch with my old teachers as much as I would like to. 

An unexpected event that significantly changed my life and how it impacted me
I recently had to get restraining orders against students at my current college, and with that, I was looking at other schools in the area, which helped me find the culinary school, and the school of my dreams.

Anything else you'd like to share?
While I knew what I wanted to do, don't think you have to know what you want to do. Take time to explore, and find your interests. And just because it may not always be the ideal degree, or what your parents wish you to do, but if you find a passion, and you want to pursue it, trust me, your parents will help you every step of the way.

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My favorite spot in or around Palo Alto

I still like to visit my old campus.