Meet Lutheran High School 2014 Senior Samantha (or Sami)!
Here’s how she describes herself: “I have a pretty wide range of interests, several of which are things that not many people my age are interested in (sometimes I feel a lot older than 18!). I will always choose spending time at a Symphony performance over most other teenager-ish weekend plans you could imagine! This also means that I consider it my personal job to expose my friends to classical music, and I’m always trying to convince them to join me at performances! I’m a very musical person, and I have been in choirs my whole life and I’ve played the trumpet since 4th grade. I like being a leader and I consider myself to be very opinionated. I love learning, in school and out, and I really believe in the idea of being a lifelong learner. I guess I’m pretty sarcastic, but I love joking around with everyone because life is more fun when you’re laughing!”
And why Samantha thinks she’s more than just a teenager: “I’m ready for the future! People often think of us as scared, indecisive kids, but that’s not me. Of course I’m a little scared, but I’m ready to jump headfirst into college and the world beyond that. I easily get really passionate about things I’m doing, and once I’m determined to do something, there’s not much that can get in my way. I can contribute so much and I have the desire to work tirelessly for the things that are important to me! I have an international perspective that a lot of people my age (and even some adults) don’t have, and that really makes a difference. I’ve been blessed with many opportunities to travel, and I’m so thankful that I’m able to have this large worldview. I’m ready to make my own path in the world, and to gain more independence to grow into the person I want to be!”
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What are your favorite activities?
Traveling, singing, playing my trumpet, reading, listening to music.
What activities are you involved with at school or outside of school?
Student Council, School Admissions Ambassador, Spanish Club, Choir (one in school, one outside), band, National Honors Society.
Do you volunteer your time anywhere?
As a four year member of Student Council, I’ve had the opportunity to volunteer with a ton of great organizations! My overall favorite is when we form a team to participate in the Polar Plunge, an event that supports Special Olympics Indiana.
What do you do on a typical night out with friends?
Sushi dates at Naked Tchopstix are a favorite among my group, with a movie afterwards!
What type of music makes you get up and dance?
I have this random obsession with EDM, because it’s so high energy and is the perfect music for me to dance (very badly) to!
What movie makes you happy? What movie makes you cry?
Happy – Frozen / Cry – Les Misérables
What food does your family cook that you will miss when you go to college?
My dad’s chili and my mom’s corn casserole.
When you were little, what did you dream of being when you grew up?
Who are your role models and why?
I’ve been lucky to have so many amazing role models in my life with each one teaching me something different. My dad has been an incredible role model for me. My goal is to follow in his footsteps not only professionally, but in the way I live my life. He’s really got it all figured out. I’ve also had some really special teachers in high school that have done a lot to help me improve myself, and I truly look up to them for what they’ve taught me outside the classroom. I even have two role models, Peyton Manning and Steve Jobs, that I don’t know personally, yet I have learned a lot from them and consider them to be really inspirational and great role models.
What are your hopes/plans for the future?
I’m excited to be starting college, where I will major in Business or International Studies and minor in Spanish. I want to see more of the world, both in college and after, so I can’t wait to see where I end up!
What do you want people to remember about you when they look back on your senior year?
That I tried everything at least once. I hope they can refer to me as “that girl who was in basically every single activity!” I hope they remember me as a leader, but also the kind of girl who would talk to anyone in the hallway.
What kind of impact do you want to make on the world?
I want it to be global. I can only hope that I can achieve something that means something to people. Connecting with people, no matter who or where they are really means a lot to me, so if I could make an impact of bringing people or communities together in some way, then I would be proud.