I have been through the struggle of being insecure and not happy with myself. I realized that I can’t change the way I look, or the way my voice sounds. I want to become a singer, I want to be able to sing and be happy with myself inside and out. So recently, I created a YouTube channel for cover (songs) so I can become comfortable with myself singing in public. I can’t sing in front of a small amount of people, yet I can sing in a big crowd. It’s complicated.
My confidence has boosted because I developed what we call “self-confidence,” and I’m now happy with what I have. Now I’m obtaining my goal safely.
Gabriel Garcia, 15
Freshmen at Patterson High School
Hopefully, as the year is beginning, everyone has goals they are looking forward to accomplish. Some might be long term, some might be short term, but whatever they are, goals are important because they allow us to live the year to the fullest.
As a 17-year-old and a senior, I am currently facing many critical decisions that will impact my future. My number one goal this year: attend college!
I’m still trying to figure that out. Perhaps I will go to beautiful L.A., and live life in the city. Maybe I’ll move to Arcata, and explore the Redwood Forest.
But honestly, I love the Central Valley, and I’ve enjoyed the time I’ve had in Patterson. Somewhere as close as Stanislaus would be fine with me.
Of course, in order to fulfill this goal, I must continue putting all my efforts in school. The last semester of senior year is full of deadlines, essays, exams, piles of homework and real work; one cannot help if senioritis comes by every once in a while.
But even after all of that, I’ll take a moment to sit back and recall all the sacrifices that have been made by my mother in order for me to be where I am today.
Like any other 17-year-old of this town, I’d like to leave Patterson just for a little while — to explore more about myself and what I want.
But my primary goal to leave for college not only fulfills my own dreams, but the dreams of my mother. See, if you sit back and think, our personal goals and accomplishments usually impact the ones around us more than ourselves.
Dulce M. Diaz, 17
Senior at Patterson High School