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What were you doing on August 22,1986? At around 2:00 PM, I was being born. I was born here in Los Angeles at White Memorial Hospital. I live here in Montebello with my Mom, Grandma, Aunt, and 3 cousins. I don't have any brothers or sisters, but I do have my cousins who I am extremely close to, who are like brothers and sisters to me.

My oldest cousin is Karissa, she's 16;her brother Mick, who is my age,15; my cousin Andrew,who is 12;his sister Robin, she's 11; and my youngest cousin Maya, who is 2.

For elementary school I attended San Gabriel Academy Elementary, which was located in San Gabriel. I attended Kindergarden and 1st grade there. For 2nd through 4th grade I attended Wilcox Elementary, where I met some of my closest friends which continue to be my close friends today. At Wilcox I I was in Gifted/High Achievers classes for all 3 years.

After elementary school I attended Eastmont Intemediate, where I continued to be in advanced classes. At Eastmont I was in ASB for 3 years, Concert Band for 4 years, and I also played softball for 2 years. After Eastmont I moved up to High School, and here I am now, a Sophomore at Schurr High School. Last year I was in the Schurr High School Marching/Concert Band Organization. I played the flute. I've been playing the flute for 6 years. Last year I was also in USB. I was Freshman Class Vice President. This year I am in Pageantry, in the Tall Flags unit. I also plan to try out for softball during the spring. I also plan to play softball outside of the school, for Grant Rea Park.

My favorite sports would be baseball and basketball. I enjoy watching them on television, as well as actually attending games. I aslo collect baseball cards. Even though I am not in band anymore, when I find the time, I still play the flute. I also enjoy just spending time with my friends.

I do not work right now, and don't plan to have a job, because I would like to concentrate on school. I have had a few job experiences. During the summer I went to work with my mom, and helped out around the office, and I did get paid. I also worked at a chiropractic care booth at the Whittier Street Fair, which was around July, and also got paid.

After I gradute from Schurr, I plan to attend college. I am probably going to attend a community college for 2 years, just to get my required classes out of the way, and then apply to a major University, or a private colllege. I feel if I attend a community college first, I will have better scholarship opportunities, as well as a better chance of even getting into a college of my choice.. Some colleges I have in mind would be UCLA, or Loyola Marymount. I plan to study law, because I plan to be a lawyer. My godfather graduated from Loyola, and is a lawyer. However I am not sure which branch of law I want to go into. I have not decided between criminal law, or corperate law.

With the grades I have now, honestly, a scholarship to a private college, or even major university is out of the question. Right now I have exceptional grades. I realize that if I want to reaach my goals I am going to have to work a lot harder than I am working right now, and I am going to work harder. My only problem right now, and for the 3 years has been laziness. Personally, I know I am really smart, and overlly capable of maintaing above average grades. However, I am still barely averaging a 2.0. This year is a new year, and a realize that the next 2 years of my education are going to be the most important years of life, in determining where I am going to be attending college, and what I am going to do with my life. This is why I am going to completely change my attitude towards school, and take everything more seriously than I have in the past.

As I have mentioned, I plan to be a lawyer. College is going to be a big part of my life. I understand if I am going to be a lawyer, it is going to be many years of hard work and studying to reach my goal. After I get out of college a have my degree in whatever branch of law I decid eto study, I will make my dream come true, and become a lawyer. I would like to be a wealthy and successful lawyer, living in a mansion outside of Beverly Hills.