Humans of CHS
Shubhi Sinha, 11
“I sometimes feel inferior because I’m in a lot of STEM fields and I’ll look around me and I’ll see a room full of guys. I’ll see that I’m the only girl in this project, and even though we live in 2017 and we’ve made a lot of changes to the movement of giving women equal rights, in smaller situations, the inferiority is really prevalent and it’s hard to ignore. I never tell people that...
Ben Underwood, 12
“I like to challenge myself. In running, you are going against other people so there’s that external factor that’s challenging you, but you’re also running against yourself because running is an uncomfortable sport, so you have to, not really get used to it, but accept it, which is a challenge in itself.”
Aidan Mellor, 10
“I like balance in my life; a mix of good and bad experiences keeps me in touch with being realistic about expectations and the things happening around me. Around middle school, when I was entering a bigger school, there were a lot of people I didn’t know and being around that sort of environment, especially when things can get a little hectic and where people are trying to fit in, that’s whe...
Caroline Joliet, 11
“I am often troubled with wanting to appear perfect, or wanting to seem to be put together and seem prepared even though I’m not because I’m often scared to ask questions when I need to. If you’re looking to prove you’re smart, you will be able to prove how by learning all the time instead of just learning when you’re at home or just at school or just when people are watching you. It ta...
Payton Russel, 12
“My greatest struggle in life has been being five-foot since I was in sixth grade. Multiple people just ask me if I’m ever going to grow and not only has it affected how people look at me, but how I think about myself.”
Nicole Didonna, 12
“One of my proudest achievements is making the Ambassadors choir because it has been a goal of mine since I was little and I always watched them perform and I always wanted to do that, so when I made the choir it was really exciting. It just shows hard work pays off because I had to work really hard to get there. I was really excited. I think I screamed and I just got really excited and wanted to m...
Tara Lacy, 12
“The time that I felt most alive actually was at a concert because I was just in the moment when they were playing the song. It was so loud and there were so many people around me jumping around and enjoying the music. I felt alive.”
Kate Adaniya, 12
“I’ve just become really used to getting straight A’s and trying to do as well as I possibly can in everything. I think that makes it more difficult to accept when you don’t do as well and have to accept failure… That’s really one of my biggest struggles.”30
Maddie Snyder, 10
“It’s kind of hard to live with my grandparents, especially being the only kid living there. Because they are two generations older than me, they don’t really understand some things that parents would. Also, people get confused by my situation and always ask me to explain why I’m living with my grandparents.”
“More than anything, (having adopted my daughter) forces me to create more work-life balance. It was very easy for me to focus on work, work, work. Having her, I feel like I have a lot more balance and that’s something that I want, that I like. Sometimes you come home with stress and you’re worried about things at school and then there’s this little person, and none of it seems important in ...
Jenny Chen, 9
“I’m a Christian, and some of the best advice I’ve gotten from people is to trust God and that he has a plan for you. When I’m struggling with stuff or I have too much homework or I’m put in a situation that I don’t like, I’ll just sort of be like, ‘Oh, that’s probably just what I’m supposed to go through. It’s okay, everything will be okay, and there’ll be a better ending ...
Thea Nikolaou, 11
“I moved here five years ago from Greece so it was really hard for me to adjust to the life here. I thought that learning a different language would set me back from reaching my number one goal: to become successful in life.”
Sam Perin, 12
“I just feel like it’s not really okay to go around and be mean to people all the time. I understand saying joking things to friends and stuff, but walking up to a random person and being a jerk to them is not okay. I saw a lot of people get bullied in middle school. Even if someone does something, even if they’re being mean themselves and they’re warranting that kind of response, all it do...
Elise Conour, 11
“I feel like (songwriting) is a really good way for me to express exactly what I want to say to everyone in the world without them really knowing it’s coming from me because I write under a pseudonym a lot… When I was little, my mom used to come into my room and we used to just make up songs off the top of our heads, so when I got older I wrote them down. Then, when I was 10, I called this record...