How do you think you’ve changed as a person this year?
“I think in a different way; I can better analyze information… a poem, for example,” says Kayle. And as the big sister in her household, Kayle finds that she has developed better empathy and facilitation skills. “When my little sisters have problems, instead of just telling them to quit, I’m able to think about both sides of the argument and help them come to a compromise.”
What question do you wish adults would stop asking young adults your age?
You might not be too surprised by Kayle’s answer to the above question — she wishes adults would stop asking, ‘What do you want to be when you grow up?’ But her reasoning as to why she wishes adults would stop is refreshing and real.
“Growing up isn’t finite; that’s something Michelle Obama said. It’s not something that happens like a light-bulb moment in a cartoon show. You’re always growing and learning every day. You don’t have to decide [what you want to be] in high school, in college, or even as an adult’.”
So, what does Kayle wish adults would start asking? “What is important to you, what do you value? This is the kind of question that can help [a young person] think about and know where they are headed. For example, what’s more important to you — money or being kind to people?”
Wise words to wrap up our first APH student spotlight!