Question of the Day: What challenges do you face as a high school student in the U.S.? And what do you do when these challenges arrive?
Hello everyone! I am Colleen Lopez and I’m happy to say that I was “El Lider Del Dia” on this extremely great and fun day. Our day consisted of our everyday routine of waking up and eating breakfast at “Su Pollo Listo.” After getting back from breakfast, we all got down to business and with the question of the day in mind, we headed out to INEP and San Francisco High School to shadow students. This experience enabled us to learn more about high school life for Nicaraguan students.
Since the students of INEP High School were celebrating their school’s 76th anniversary with sports matches and other really amazing activities, we were not completely able to experience the true reality of a Nicaraguan high school student. However, my peers and I did learn that what we thought we knew about Nicaraguan schools were not entirely true. For example, a couple peers thought that since dance is an important part of the culture in Nicaragua, then schools would some how incorporate that into the curriculum and other school activities, but that was not the case. We were also given the chance to hang out with Nicaraguan students and participate in the festivities where we able to get a glimpse in the school lives of students in Nicaragua.
I am proud that my peers and I were engaged and interested in what the students had to say, and I am glad everyone, including the students we met today, were open and willing to learn more about one and other. With that being said, I would say that the Nicaraguan students were the most inspiring people today because they were willing to open up and share parts of their lives to complete strangers.
For me, being “El Lider Del Dia” , was difficult because I am not a very vocal person and being the leader definitely requires a loud voice if you want to get things done. However, as the day rolled along, I became more comfortable in using my voice and the leader role became a bit easier. From this experience, I learned that I should not doubt the leadership skills I have and instead I should use them for my advantage. I also learned that I should not doubt myself or my actions because 99% of the time what you think you should do, is the right thing to do.