Hey AOC! It's been awhile! Here is an interview with senior Jared Ongsing!
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Interviewer: What do you do in your free time?
Jared: When I have free time, I enjoy playing video games. I also like to study topics that I just find interesting. It relaxes me from all of the text books and homework shoved in my face. It's about learning at my own pace about things I want to learn.
Interviewer: How do you manage your time?
Jared: I used to be much worse at managing my time but I found that planning is key. First, understand your priorities and arrange them accordingly. That doesn't mean completely eliminate your social life or throw away your school work. It means to find a balance between them, and while I haven't perfected this skill I am still working on it.
Interviewer: What do you do to de-stress?
Jared: To de-stress, I actually find mindfulness exercises to be very helpful. I like to take 5 to 10 minutes of just meditating and reflecting on how I feel to refresh myself for new challenges.
Interviewer: How do you stay focused on your goals and aspirations?
Jared: To me, goals must be driven by a personal sense of passion because it is passion that motivates a person to work. So if you are working towards that passion, towards something you love, keep that image. Never let those dreams leave your sight and make every step forward be a step towards that goal. Whether that's a large step be completing Trig with an A or a small step like finishing an essay, make time to remember why you are doing it in the first place.
Interviewer: Do you have any advice for underclassmen?
Jared: Some advice you've heard from every teacher: grades don't matter. But to add to that, experience does. Because in the end, we are in school to learn, and whether you get an A or a C what is more important is that you learned from it. When you are handed back a test, are you looking at the grade or the questions? Don't get so lost in the red marks that you forget the purpose. Take that grade, reflect on how to improve, and get it done.