Humans of FHCI – Jessie S.


This interview was conducted by Matthew Lindzon and Andi Mayer-Goodman

My aspiration in life is to graduate from school, get a job in a field I genuinely enjoy, and ultimately to be happy. I believe that no matter how much success is brought upon me, it means nothing if I am not living my life with a smile on my face with the people I love.

Who is your role model, and why?

It might seem like a typical “obsessed teenage girl” answer but I would have to pick Beyoncé Knowles Carter. Not only is she the most hardworking, credentialed triple threat in the world, she also beams with pride about her heritage and preaches about female empowerment. For those around the world who need a quick dose of inspiration, Beyoncé’s encouraging words and powerful music are the best medicine. She is the truest testament for someone who achieved success through working extremely hard and I am honoured to be a true fan and have her as a role model.

What is one thing you learned from your time at school?

If there is one thing I have learned from my 3 years and counting at FHCI, it is how to adapt to constantly changing environments. You learn in high school to develop thick skin when a test does not go your way or when you have a teacher you do not like, but it is the social changes that are the hardest to go through. Sometimes you lose friendships and have awful fights that you never imagined would happen, but relying on the bonds you have made with other people proves that you can cope with whatever curveball gets thrown your way.

Do you think the school system will help with your future endeavours?

I firmly believe that the school system does a fair amount of harm but also a fair amount of good. My plans for the future are to get a degree and pursue a career, and so far the current system has provided me with many skill sets to achieve that goal. On the other hand, the school system is not tailored to meet everyone’s specific needs. I am not saying that every student needs personalized classes or anything, it would just be nice to have a wider selection of courses and smaller class sizes to best tailor students so they have the ability to self-actualize and prosper in their future endeavours.

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