Prince George’s County, Maryland is filled with many bright and talented students, with very successful futures to come. Through the trials and tribulations of this pandemic, many students have pushed through to overcome this and use it in a positive way. Mariah Mullins is one of those students, she hopes to push for a 4.0 grade point average for this school while fulfilling her dreams of becoming a professional dancer.
Below is the text of my interview with Miss Mariah Mullins:
Q: Where were born and what was your upbringing like?
A: My name is Mariah Mullins; I am a high school student at Charles Herbert Flowers High School, and I am 15 years old. I was born in Washington D.C. and I was raised in Maryland. I don’t remember much from my childhood, but I know that I had a good time.
Q: Who has been the greatest influence in your life that has impacted the man/woman you are today?
A: My greatest influence are my parents, if it wasn’t for them, I wouldn’t be a strong person I am today. They always made sure I was focused all the time so I could get my good grades.
Q: What about your family?
A: My family is also a big impact in my life. They teach me to be polite; they are always there for me when I need them the most.
Q: Can you tell us of your education history and what your goals or life ambition was when you were a student in High School/College?
A: I’m still in high school, I’m a sophomore in high school. In 9th grade I almost was close to failing but I was studying every day and I got a 3.8. My goals for the school year are to get a 4.0 and stay on task.
Q: Can you tell us of your job/education experience prior to what you’re doing now?
A: My experience on education is good now I can actually really maintain my work and my grades. I always try to do my work before the due date just in case my teachers post more.
Q: What was the most memorable point at that job/school?
A: I didn’t get to experience much my freshman year, but what I did experience was the good activities. Being on the Poms team was a very fun experience because my passion is dance.
Q: Is this where you thought you’d be 5 or so years ago?
A: No, because I thought I would be in school still and going places I would have never thought about a virus coming. With having good grades, I knew I would already have that.
Q: What informed your decision on doing what you’re doing now?
A: My dancing and school got me to where I am now. Those are very important. Because dancing gave me creativity and school has me very focused.
Q: What are your plans for the future?
A: I want to still be a dancer and travel to LA to take classes and live there. I also was thinking about having my own studio.
Q: What kind of advice would you offer a student, who is undecided on his or her career path?
A: I would tell that student to start thinking about what you want to do now or write a list on a piece of paper and say what you might be interested in. In high school take some classes that you will be interested in the future.
Q: How would you describe the state of higher education in America today?
A: The education today in America is not that bad, it could be better. The tools that they provide for school can be better and the equipment.
Q: Have you ever travelled outside of the United States? Where, and how does life outside compare to that in the US?
A: I never traveled outside the United States, but I find traveling fascinating and I would love to travel to Africa one day.
Q: What does the future hold for America?
A: I feel like in the future it will be the same way it is now. Some Things might change but most of the stuff will be here.
Q: Are you interested in politics? If no, why not? What is your take on the state of politics and the future of the American democracy?
A: Yes, I am interested in politics. My take on the state of politics is that politics impacts everything in our lives and our decisions that we make in our lives.
Q: How are you responding to the outbreak of the Convid-19 virus?
A: I feel like it came so fast like nobody knew that it would have spread so fast. Just still thinking about how we have been in quarantine for 7 months.
Q: How are you handling this stay-at-home order?
A: The stay-home process is not that bad in my opinion. Even though I do miss going places, safety always comes first.
Q: What about virtual learning?
A: Virtual learning is okay. I do miss being at school and being on my dance team in person.
Q: What keeps you going during these trying times?
A: What keeps me going is dancing even though we can’t meet in person I still dance virtual at home. I try to stay active, so I won’t become lazy during this time.
Q: How can the government better handle the situation?
A: The government should say that it is required to keep your mask on because sometimes people like to take it off or just not have it on at all.
Q: What are your hobbies or extracurricular activities?
A: My hobbies are dancing and cooking, I love to do those things because I love doing creative things. Dancing is my extracurricular activity because I dance in school and outside of school.
Q: How would you describe your philosophy of life? That is, how do you see this life and what principles get you grounded and moving forward?
A: I see my life filled with inspiration because my whole family inspires me with their joy and helps me follow my dreams. My motivation gets me grounded because as long as I am motivated, I can get plenty of work done.
Q: Let us end this interview with a memorable quote from you. How would you describe yourself to the world?
Complete the sentence: I am…
A: I am a young innovative and creative and hardworking young lady, with hopes of being one of the next leaders for this country.
Contrary to what society says, high school students nowadays are the thriving beams of success to this new generation. Mariah Mullins shows great professionalism and seriousness when it comes to her education and passion. I believe she is one of the next leaders and innovators for this country now and many years to come.