What are you considering writing about for your speech?
I am beyond honored to have the opportunity to speak at graduation. I want to make a speech that is relatable to my classmates and motivational. One topic I am considering writing about is pushing through failures and self-doubt. I also want to emphasize how big of a difference effort can make. I would like to use myself as an example by explaining how I went from graduating ranked in the middle of my class in high school by putting mediocre effort into my assignments to graduating top of my class in college by putting maximum effort into my schoolwork. Lastly, I want to congratulate the class of 2023 on all our accomplishments and thank everyone who helped us along the way.
What are some of your most memorable highlights from your experience at Post?
I have many memorable highlights from my experience at Post. During my four years at Post, I have had the opportunity to be the President of the Emergency Management & Homeland Security Club and Criminal Club, serve as Club Senator in the Student Government Association (SGA), and play NCAA II soccer. I am grateful for all these experiences, and learned a lot. Some of my favorite events at Post include the Fair my freshman year, the trip to the Trail of Terror, and the SGA Banquet. I also am thankful to have had the opportunity to help with the Stuff the Cruiser Toy Drive.
What advice would you give to current or future students?
The first piece of advice I would give to current and future students is not to be afraid to ask for help. At first, I was nervous about asking for extra help in classes. If I had not asked for extra help in my math classes, I would not have earned an A. Everyone needs help at points, and our professors at Post are happy to help students succeed. My second piece of advice would be to get involved in student clubs. Student clubs provide students with a great opportunity to make new friends, build leadership skills, and get involved in events and community service.
Who has had the biggest impact on your life during your college career? In your life?
Many of my professors and friends have had a big impact on my college career. I would like to thank Professor Jannetty for believing in me and helping me achieve my goals. My parents have had the biggest impact on my life. My parents have always supported me with my career aspirations, soccer, martial arts, and everything else I have pursued. My mom was diagnosed with cancer twice and was told she only had a 13 percent chance of surviving. My parents and I learned to overcome many obstacles together. My mom is the strongest person I know, and she taught me never to give up. I learned to be grateful for everything I have and truly feel blessed for every opportunity I have been given.
I currently have a tentative job offer with a federal law enforcement agency. I have wanted to work for a federal law enforcement agency since I was in middle school and am honored to have the opportunity to protect my country.