A Wayfinder Schools interview with Marissa Lugo
Residential Student, Camden Campus
WS: What brought you to Wayfinder Schools?
ML: I was having a lot of trouble in public school and a lot of anxiety. It just wasn’t working out and I stopped going to school altogether. My brother came here a few years ago, so I knew about Wayfinder. I knew it wasn’t easy, but hearing about it from my brother, he told me it’s a great opportunity, and you learn so much. You learn real life skills, you do so many cool things. We’ve already done a lot of cool things this year.
WS: What have you enjoyed most about your Wayfinder Schools experience so far?
ML: I’ve really enjoyed getting to know all the other students. As as every day goes on I get to know them a little more individually, people’s pasts, people’s struggles. It’s cool to hear about what the other students like to do when they’re not here at school.
WS: What’s the most interesting or important thing you’ve learned so far?
ML: I’m still learning how to stick with it, it’s not easy, learning how to motivate myself and stay on top of things.
WS: What’s your favorite class and why?
ML: I really like Diversity Class because we learn a lot about different cultures, different people. I always feel the most engaged in that class. And writing, I really like writing.
WS: What kind of writing do you do?
ML: I look up prompts online. I write stories, fiction. Non-fiction, too, but that’s more personal, I don’t share that with anyone.
WS: What’s your favorite meal you’ve cooked so far at school and why?
ML: I’d probably have to say enchiladas. That’s always been a big thing in my family. It was cool to do it by myself, with Cathy’s help. They came out really really good, at least I think so.
WS: What’s been your favorite Experiential Learning Expedition so far and why?
ML: I really liked when we climbed up to the top of Mt. Batty because I didn’t think I’d be able to make it all the way to the top, but when we got there it was a great feeling. I’m a sucker for the natural beauty of the world, the ocean, the trees. Looking out from the top of the mountain, it was so beautiful I didn’t want to come back down.
WS: What’s been your favorite volunteer project and why?
ML: I really liked it when we volunteered at Merry Gardens. We cooked a meal for the residents and served it. It made me feel happy and good about what we were doing. They seemed to enjoy it. They were complimenting us.
WS: Where is your student internship and what do you like best about it?
ML: Right now I have two internships. On Mondays, Wednesdays and Thursdays I work at P.A.W.S. Animal Adoption Center. I like that because I love animals and it’s nice to spend time with them. I get to walk the dogs sometimes, and hang out with the cats. On Tuesdays I’ve just been working with a photographer in Hope, J. Kevin White. He’s a great photographer. I really like working with him. I feel like I’m constantly learning. He knows a lot about history, too. Last week we went down to the harbor and he showed me this really cool place where you can see the lighthouse. It was really cool. I’m learning a lot about the cameras, taking pictures.
WS: What do you hope to get out of your Wayfinder Schools experience?
ML: I hope I gain a lot more courage and confidence in myself. I feel like I already have.
WS: Tell me about your graduation project:
ML: When I was in middle school my friend convinced me to try out for the play with her. I was so shy and introverted I couldn’t imagine myself on stage. But we auditioned and we both got in and the teacher gave us parts that were together. We played cops who were partners. We rehearsed together and it helped having her support. It was a crazy experience opening night. I was freaking out. I was so worried I was going mess up I forgot all my lines. But as soon as I walked out there it just came to me, I got so invested in my character I forgot I was on stage. It was pretty awesome, so I wanted to include it in my graduation project. I want to learn more about it. Learn more and do more.
WS: What was the name of your first play?
ML: Invasion of the Student Body Snatchers. It was really fun.
WS: What are your hopes and plans for after graduation?
ML: I’m going to live back at home with my parents. I’m probably going to get a summer job and keep that job and save up money, take a year off to save for college and spend time with my family, enjoy time with family.
WS: What subject do you hope to study in college?
ML: I’m not sure, but I’m considering Psychology, that’s really interesting to me right now.
WS: What would you like people to know about Wayfinder Schools?
ML: It’s definitely not easy at all. You’re going to want to quit and give up. It seems like it would be easier not to do it, but at the same time the community here…I’m getting to know everyone, it’s a really cool thing to be part of. It’s not like every day here is perfect, but we have a lot of good times and it’s fulfilling, all the cool activities.
WS: What would you like the world to know about you?
ML: When you first meet me I can be shy and introverted and I don’t always know what to say, but I really do like to get to know people and making new friends.
WS: What are the most important life skills you’ve learned here?
ML: Being open to other people’s opinions and ideas. Being able to listen even if you don’t agree, and then of course no matter what, always trying to be as kind to people as you can.
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