Mar 2nd, 2017
Entering my junior year at John Paul Stevens high school, it was not what I expected. I was used to having free time or even breaks in between work. When my older teammates told me that junior year would be the hardest this definitely wasn’t what I originally expected. As I continue to finish my junior year, I get more in touch with what I truly want to do after high school (which now we are pressured to have that idea our freshmen year as we are put into what they call “endorsements” to help guide us to classes that could benefit us or prepare us for future jobs). My freshman year I chose the public service endorsement because I’ve always wanted to help kids and this allowed me to do just that.
Awhile my junior year I’m taking AP Physics, AP History and Pre-Cal which are my more advanced classes, and I’m also taking a class called child guidance which is where I get to go off campus every Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday of the week to spend about an hour with a kinder class. When I’m there I get to help them with work or help the teacher with things she may not have time to do. It has to be the best hour of my days because I love kids and getting to help them even with things that seem so simple and overlooked as we get older
These past years of high school have helped me grow my leaderships skills because I had the opportunity to join an organization known as the San Antonio Youth Commission where we go outside our day to day generosity and make a difference in our community. My coach thought this would be so good for me as she was the one who suggested it and I applied and I don’t regret it at all! I love being able to help others. On Fridays starting two weeks ago I also embraced my leadership skills. I joined a mentoring group that goes to Murnin Elementary to help mentor students with any problems they may have whether that be school or family issues.
While school work has been stressful, taking advanced classes and a lot of hard work does pay off. I have been able to not only keep up with my GPA and get inducted into NHS, but I also managed to stay in the top 10% of my class which may not seem so great but when you go to school with over 650 people in your graduating class and you’re number 20 that’s a great achievement.
With softball consuming my time and taking the difficult classes I take I was very pleased to know that hard work does pay off. I have been on varsity since my freshmen year and since my freshmen year, I have gotten 1st team academic all-district which I take a lot of pride in. For fun, I usually dedicate my time what’s left after homework and meetings into sports. My first 2 years I was a part of the volleyball team at my school but after I fractured my back I decided to give that up and just focus on softball. I’ve been playing softball all my years of high school and it’s something I do enjoy because unlike my other classes I don’t get graded on how well I do which is all kids seem to focus on and it’s good to get away from that.
Now with Junior year quickly ending and senior year soon to be starting, I’m asked a lot about what college I want to go to or what I plan to do with the rest of my life after high school and as any student whose focus is college and strives to get the best opportunity for school I’m not sure where I want to go, but I am sure what I want to major in which is child psychology. The occupation where I’d get to help and build a relationship with youth who need it and I hope to be able to inspire them to overcome their fears and the expectations that where you come from determines who you are. I hope that I can inspire anyone that I cross paths with and they learn that school is tough but the same way I was inspired to help others and be a better person so can anyone.
Anjelica Molina, a junior at John Paul Stevens High School. She plans on majoring in child psychology but isn’t sure about what school she wants to further h er education at. Anjelica represents District 6 on a youth council for the city of San Antonio. The San Antonio Youth Commission is a civic engagement in which many high school students for all around San Antonio come together and it is managed by P16Plus Council of Greater Bexar County.