Sarah Arbes, Apex High School
Overall GPA: 3.8
Athletics: Lacrosse, Cheerleading and Track.
Favorite course: PEPI (Physical Education Pupil Instructor). It’s a course where we go to elementary schools everyday and teach a physical education class. The enjoyment I have and receive from playing games with students and special needs kids is irreplaceable.
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I was fascinated to learn: I was fascinated to learn that senior year, the repetitive sayings are all true. What I mean by that is everything I was told up until midway junior year, like “this won’t matter when you’re a senior,” “people change,” and “by senior year you find out who your true friends are” have all become so true.
Most inspiring teacher: The most inspiring teacher I have had was actually the student teacher, Ms. Levine, who took over my junior English class while our teacher had her baby. English was my toughest subject and she helped me gain a better understanding for English literature, as well as improving my writing skills. The way Ms. Levine showed compassion and connected to not just myself, but to every student, proved that she clearly loved teaching. Ms. Levine inspired me to want to teach and help students; that is why I signed up for the PEPI class at my school.
A book that impacted my life was: The Book 1984, by George Orwell, impacted my life in a deep, twisted sort of way. It made me realize how fortunate and blessed I am to live in a country as great as the United States of America. Although some of us citizens tend to take things for granted here, the opportunity we have to continue to live freely, worship freely, and pursue our dreams is what makes us so great. The thought of having a government as crucial as the totalitarian government in 1984 is pretty horrifying. I believe that God truly appoints our leaders, as shown so far throughout American history with the great leaders we have had and still have today.
It is hard to believe that we used to: It’s hard to believe that people used to leave the house and just come home when they did; how we lived with less fear. Kids and teenagers, especially, would tell their parents they are going somewhere and when they should be back and that was it. If you needed to call someone, you would find a pay phone or borrow someone’s house phone. My parents have told me stories of the adventures they went on when they were young and it seems like they had more freedom and less fear then.
Who epitomizes what a good American should be: Walt Disney epitomizes what a good American should be simply because his greatest motive was to make others happy. He was a Christian man who started from nothing and created a huge, magical empire that touched not only children, but adults. Disney represents the American Dream. What started as a drawing and motion picture of a human-like mouse, turned into a world of imagination that captivated the minds of children and gave them a chance to dream.
Whose life inspires you: Michael Jordan’s life. After crying in his room when he was cut from his high school basketball team, to being a legend at UNC-Chapel Hill, to a phenomenal NBA player, just blows my mind. This reminds me of when a gym teacher in middle school told me that I was not the “athletic type.” Well, he sure knows now that he was wrong, just like Jordan’s high school basketball coach.
Three people (living or dead) that you wish you could meet: Harry Styles, Paul Walker, and Mia Hamm. I am a huge One Direction fan, a Fast and Furious lover, and a Tar Heel.
Something that you enjoy that would surprise people: I enjoy being in nature and the country side much more than suburban or city life. I have a sportsman license and go hunting and fishing with my Dad. I also love kayaking!
I wish I had been there for: The Olympics. When it’s that time of year, I always watch it in TV, wishing I was there in real life. My favorite events to watch are gymnastics and swimming.