St. Ignatius
Akeelah

How have you grown as a scholar?
I have grown a lot since the 6th and 7th grade. For example, when I was in the 7th grade, and the teacher started telling me that I wasn’t paying attention. I got upset and started talking back, and I then got sent to the office for disrupting the class and being disrespectful. I used to hate school and never wanted to be here, but this school has grown on me, and without this school I wouldn’t be the person I am today. I am looking forward to high school at SI, but I will miss all the teachers who have dedicated their time by teaching me and helping me learn. 

Who were you?
When I first found out about FSA,  I was in the 5th grade. My mom told me that I was going to be attending a new school. I was upset because I didn’t want to leave my old school and friends. I also felt like I wouldn’t fit into my new environment. During my first two years at FSA, I didn’t want to do anything except be disruptive and disrespectful. Then I realized that this school and community is the best. The people here are so caring and fun to be around. I grew close to the staff members and students. All of us are like one really big family. 

How have I grown as a person?
My “favorite teacher in the whole entire world,” Mr. G, said I’ve grown as a person because I can communicate with teachers better than when I was in the 6th and 7th grade. I agree with him because I used to always have missing work, and I was scared to ask for help and extra time to do my assignments. I’ve also grown by knowing how to separate my social life from my work and class. That wasn’t an easy task to accomplish. For example, when I was in the 6th grade, Mr. G made us walk up and down the stairs multiple times because one of my former classmates and I wouldn’t be quiet. As a student, I can now say that Mr. G violated the 8th Amendment, which shows that I’ve grown because I didn’t know this in the 6th grade.

Who do I want to be?
I want to be a surgeon. I would like to become a surgeon when I get older because I’ve always envisioned myself as one and because I’m a caring and helpful person. I would like to go to good colleges such as Harvard, Stanford, Yale and the University of Utah to have a great education and be the best possible person I can be. A recent UCSF study says that only 2 percent of physicians are black women. I would like to talk to a black surgeon and ask how they feel being the only black person in the operating room or how they deal with having to cover all their hair with a scrub cap. 

What are your talents/ passions?
I would say one of my talents would be being able to communicate with others. It’s hard because I’m shy when it comes to meeting new people. For example, on the first day of school, I wasn’t really talkative. I’d also say another one of my talents would be how I’m good at helping people through bad times. Something I’m passionate about would be how I want to strive to do better at everything like my grades, sports, etc. I feel like these are some of my biggest talents because I’m a kind-hearted person who cares for others. 


What does it all mean to my family?
It means that I’ll be on a good path for the life that’s set ahead of me. Everything my family did to get me and my siblings to this place in time is a result of them sacrificing something important to them. I am grateful because this means that I’ll have the best of everything. This also means that I’ll be doing better because they didn’t have the same kind of education as me and didn’t go to a private school that cares about its students.