Hey AOC! As classes increase in workload and stress levels rise, we want to continue to inspire you to stay motivated and maintain your health. What better way to do so than sharing experiences from our students? We hope that this eight part series will provide you with insight into your peers's lives and possibly inspire you to adopt a new habits or start a new hobby. Happy reading!
Hana Kim is a senior and class liason of Wellness Club! She is also AOC ASB's secretary and NHS President.
Interviewer: What do you do in your free time?
Hana Kim: In my free time, I spend multiple hours watching KPOP videos and scrolling on Twitter. I also love to journal my experiences and life updates as well as drawing and painting whenever I find the time to be creative. Lately, I have been rewatching the Anime Death Note to take my mind off of school.
Interviewer: How do you manage your time?
Hana Kim: I manage my time by prioritizing what needs to get done first as well as being ORGANIZED! Organization is key to time management so I find myself using the Reminds app on my phone for everything, Post-It Notes for last minute to do lists, and my handy planner. By using all these resources, I make to schedule my activities and assignments so "future me" doesn't have to stress about dates.
Interviewer: What do you do to de-stress?
Hana Kim: To de-stress, I spend time with my cats. Petting animals really helps take one's mind off of the daily struggle of life. I also like to pamper myself and have self-love days where I take a nice bubble bath, use a face mask, and do my nails. By doing things unrelated to school and not using technology, my stress lowers drastically.
Interviewer: How do you stay focused on your goals, aspirations, and work in general?
Hana Kim: I personally stay focused towards my goals by remembering the journey my parents went through for me to live so comfortably. I think of how lucky we are to able to receive education and use that thought to fuel myself to work! I'm a person who is very organized but also falls in that trap of laziness, but I get up knowing that all of my hard work will pay off one day!
Interviewer: Do you have any advice for underclassmen?
Hana Kim: To all underclassmen: do things that make YOU happy. Whether it means taking time to procrastinate or if it means stressing over an essay and finishing it the day assigned, many people will tell you to do this or that but try to find what makes you feel the happiest. Follow your own values and do not be afraid to ask for help. Knowledge is more important than the grade you get on a piece of paper. Explore and enjoy your time as a high schooler! As a senior, I see many people stressed as AOC-including myself-but try to remember your main priorities in life. Health and happiness are vital!