Senior Spotlight: Maria Garcia


Jose Cuevas

Senior Maria Garcia transfered in JFKMHS from Mexico in her junior year.

Jose Cuevas, Contributor

The following article has been translated from Spanish to English.

Maria Garcia, born on November 8, is an 18-year-old senior at John F. Kennedy Memorial High School. She is a transfer student from Morelia,  Michoacan, Mexico that moved to the U.S. halfway through her junior year with her sister, Yeraldin. She’s a great friend, and a kind soul that is willing to listen to anyone,.

How different is a high school here in the U.S. than in Mexico?

Maria: Very different. They are much more strict, in Mexico. From dress code to timely arrivals. I feel like things are much more mellow here.

Have you adjusted well since your transfer? 

 Yes, I am much more adjusted now. I felt overwhelmed initially, not knowing the way around my classes, not knowing anyone, and not knowing how to communicate in English. I had a lot of people, including you [Jose Cuevas], that helped me adjust and find my way around the school.

Do you get along with your teachers so far?

 Yes, definitely. All my teachers so far have made me feel included, and have the patience to work through assignments with me, as well as doing their best to communicate with me, as clearly as possible.

What are your hobbies outside of school?

I love watching the sunset at the beach while listening to music. It gives me feelings of tranquility and happiness. Listening to music in general is my safe space, making all negativity go away.

What are your favorite memories during your time at JFK so far? 

 The memory that stands out to me, is all the times our group sat together during breakfast time in junior year. We had that sense of unity, in those minutes that we sat down and chatted. I also had a great time at Hispanic Heritage Month! It was great, and I met a lot of people from different Hispanic backgrounds.

Do you have a favorite teacher?

 So far, I think Ms. Kurowsky. She takes everything as positively as possible. Instead of getting angry, [when students misbehave] she worries about the student, wondering if everything is ok. She has a very caring personality and takes the well-being of her students seriously.

Any advice for future JFK freshmen?

The most important thing is focusing. It’s easy to let yourself be influenced by friends and their actions. Some friends might be more into having a good time, than their schoolwork.  Yes, high school can be a great time to relax and enjoy yourself, but do so after you complete your work first. Enjoy your high school years, but balance your time between having fun and getting your work done correctly and on time.

What are your plans after high school? 

 After a lot of thought and consideration, I have decided that I want to pursue a career in nail tech. I love nail care and designs, and I feel as though I’m making the right choice, I would also like to enroll in English classes to communicate more clearly with everyone.