Mar 3rd, 2017
Category: Civic Engagement
Hello, my name is Lola Carrola. I am currently a senior at the International School of the Americas, a magnet school located on Robert E. Lee campus that specializes in teaching a globally-focused curriculum and embodies learning outside of the classroom. I am truly thankful I attend a school that recognizes that value of learning through experience and travel, even if it can make life a bit hectic.
Senior year, my day starts as I imagine any other high school senior’s day starts. I wake up at 7am and head off to school around 8am in my old, gold Mercedes. Last week I hosted Sayako, an exchange student from Takayama, Japan. I stayed with her family and went to her school last summer through my school’s exchange program. She was able to come to ISA for two weeks (but she still had to wear her school’s uniform). A typical school day starts with AP Art History, then goes to an independent study that usually acts as more of a study hall, and then leads to the most challenging class of the day: Physics C. Physics C acts as my science credit and, on most days, the bane of my existence. After that is lunch, where I get to eat with my friends in a teacher’s classroom.
Some days at ISA, we go on field trips, like the time all the seniors at ISA were put into groups and asked to plan out our itinerary using only VIA bus transportation. That was a very fun day; it was also practice for our big senior trip we are planning to Washington D.C. in February. Brrr.
Other days at ISA, we are asked to come to school in professional attire. Usually, it is because we are making a presentation (presentations are taken very seriously at ISA) or practicing delegating/chairing for the annual Model United Nations San Antonio conference that our school runs.
A couple of weeks ago, we had a Monday off from school because of Martin Luther King Jr. Day and a good portion of the school showed up to the march. I was actually able to bring along Sayako and she was able to see the San Antonio community come together.
Speaking of marches, the week after Sayako flew back to Japan, I participated in the Women’s’ March on Austin with friends and family. We made signs proclaiming equality for all, and I was so grateful to be part of something so much bigger that was taking place in cities across the globe. Unsurprisingly, I also saw several ISA community members marching as well.
Being an ISA Globie keeps me busy, but it has also inspired me to be an active member in my community and appreciate the diversity of San Antonio!
Lola Carrola is a senior attending the International School of the Americas. She plans on majoring in Economics and has not yet decided on which college she will attending. Lola represents District 1 on the San Antonio Youth Commission. The San Antonio Youth Commission is a civic engagement platform for San Antonio High School students and is managed by the P16Plus Council of Greater Bexar County.