🗣 Finding Our Student Voice 🗣 The UnifiEd Student Voice Team Blog Surrounding Student Life
Hello everyone! My name is Amy, but most friends and family call me "Cocco". I am currently 17 years old, and I am a senior at The Howard School...
I am the oldest of four siblings, and I have always aspired to be a role model for them by becoming academically and emotionally supportive. My family and I are incredibly close. After I graduate, I plan to attend Columbia University or Hawaii Pacific University and major in business and fine arts.
I have set myself to become an entrepreneur and use any financial gains to help as many people as possible. My father owns his own construction company, so observing him always intrigued me to follow in his footsteps. Watching him struggle his way up to the man he has become made me realize that those same obstacles he encountered will be what pushes me to be the person I aspire to be. My brother and I have thought of making a clothing and photography business together. When it comes to business, it can quickly decline in any possible way, such as not enough profits, unhappy customers, lack of machinery, and more. However, with the resources we both have, anything is possible. I am currently working at another program called Lookout Mountain Conservancy and have been there for three years. The organization is focused only on the high schoolers that attend The Howard School. We do a lot of land management on our property, in the community, and outdoor trail work such as weeding, gardening, mulching, and more. The organization covers and protects 54 acres of land, all of which we are responsible for.
I believe that the most important aspect of the program is what they provide for us students. Every student is given the ability to be open-minded and work their way towards leadership. Lookout Mountain Conservancy trains each intern to build strong self-esteem so that when they are out to explore the world, they are confident in what they want. It ensures that we learn and grow from life during and after high school.
I am honored to be part of the UnifiEd Student Voice Team because I know that using my voice could impact young people. Being able to grow my mind and be self-assured made me realize I can show this world who I am. With my voice, I realized I could use it for something bigger, something more significant. Each day I continue to learn and grow, whether from my mistakes or by learning from other people. Whether academically, socially, or personally, there is always something to give to the world. I hope my voice and passion inspire other young people to use their gifts as a reminder that they are capable of extraordinary.
I have always encouraged myself to express myself, regardless of how reserved I am. Transforming into an open-minded and adventurous person made me want to live my life like there is no tomorrow. As I wake up each morning, the same quote my father told me once always comes to mind. The quote goes: “When you get out of bed, remind yourself: are you living life or just being alive?”