Spotlighting Melanie Rangel

April 9th, 2021

By: Diana Avila Gutierrez

Melanie Rangel, is an exemplar student in 11th grade who embodies the spirit of a Panther. Melanie’s dream career is to become a teacher and teach aboard. Melanie contributes to Harrison by she is enrolled in the IB classes and helps out her peers and is always in great spirits. Interesting facts about Melanie are she has traveled alone out of the US, she received a 5.0 GPA, and her parent’s are from Aguascalientes. Melanie’s quote, “Just believe in yourself. Even if you don’t, pretend that you do, and at some point you will.” Melanie Rangel isn’t just an exemplary student, she is an incredible and loyal friend who has been by my side since elementary school and I am thankful to have her as my friend.

Q: What do you like most about school?

A: I like the diversity in Harrison. Everyone has different stories and are willing to learn about each other. I also like the teachers most of them try their best to keep class fun and interactive.

Q: How do you deal with a topic that you struggle with in school?

A: I struggle most with math. Since I know that I struggle with this I take time out of my week to watch YouTube videos on the certain math topic or I ask a peer for help. Math tests can be scary so I make sure I do anything I can to prepare. At least I can say I tried.

Q: How have the IB classes impacted you?

A: The IB classes have impacted me by allowing me to be a harder worker and just stronger as a person. These classes are not easy and the work load can be stressful especially since I have other responsibilities, but I have become stronger and now I know hot to balance life a little better.

Q: What is your daily schedule?

A: My daily schedule changes everyday depending on pride and panther days. Usually I wake up around 6 to prepare myself for class. I attend online class from 7:45 to 1:20. I usually do homework during panther success. Around 3:20 I prepare myself to go to work (Monday, Thursday, and Friday). I get home around 9:30 and if I still have homework I will stay up and do it. Around 12 I’ll spend some time scrolling through social media. After I’m done I’ll go to sleep and wake up to do it all over again.

Q: What did you feel when you saw that you had a 5.0?

A: When I saw that I had a 5.0 GPA I was super surprised. In the past I have had good grades but I have been too focused on test scores to realize my GPA. I was very proud of myself to have a 5.0 GPA in IB classes.

Q: What is your secret for succeeding in school?

A: My secret to doing well in school is just not procrastinating and not giving up. If you procrastinate it is harder to get your work done in the long run, and when you get your work done you can rest more in the end. Also it is very easy to want to give up but if you keep pushing through, success will eventually come around.

Q: Do you prefer e-learning or attending school? Why?

A: I guess it just depends. I like e-learning because I can do it in the comfort of my home. I do miss going to school to engage with other students, make new friends, and experiences.

Q: Who inspires you to keep on doing your best?

A: My parents inspire me. They have worked hard to get me and my siblings to where we are. They continue to work hard to be able to retire even though they have no education. I want to make them proud and happy that all of their hard work wasn’t for nothing.

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