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People of Sierra College: Capturing the student voice. Inspired by Brandon Stanton's HONY

   I’m an explorer for the Sacramento sheriff department. “It’s similar to the boy scouts but it’s a lot more vocational. Where in the boy scouts you just go out and do activities and such but. It’s oriented specifically toward law enforcement. With the department we go out and do events every month and half are community service based and the other half is law enforcement based such as DUI checkpoints, Academy train scenarios.”



 




How did you get into that?
“One of sheriff jones spokesman came into my senior English class and spoke about it. I really do enjoy going out in the public, and representing the department in a positive way. It’s taught me to be less judgmental of people that come from different backgrounds that are different than mine because we go out to a lot neighborhoods in south Sacramento and Rancho Cordova, the rougher parts of town and we pass out clothes and keep kids on the right path as well.” 

I’m an explorer for the Sacramento sheriff department. “It’s similar to the boy scouts but it’s a lot more vocational. Where in the boy scouts you just go out and do activities and such but. It’s oriented specifically toward law enforcement. With the department we go out and do events every month and half are community service based and the other half is law enforcement based such as DUI checkpoints, Academy train scenarios.”

How did you get into that?

“One of sheriff jones spokesman came into my senior English class and spoke about it. I really do enjoy going out in the public, and representing the department in a positive way. It’s taught me to be less judgmental of people that come from different backgrounds that are different than mine because we go out to a lot neighborhoods in south Sacramento and Rancho Cordova, the rougher parts of town and we pass out clothes and keep kids on the right path as well.” 

— 3 hours ago
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What would you say is the greatest moment of your life so far?
“I would say that the greatest moment has yet to be written but I would say my greatest moment would be when I was adopted.”
Can you describe that moment?

“Not really. I was screaming and crying. I was adopted at birth. It was luck. It was through the church. I can definitely express the emotion now. The people that adopted me, were absolutely gorgeous, they were Christian. I was raised protestant so I got the whole Jesus complex. I was the sweet kid in school, never got into any fights and tried to stand up for people who couldn’t stand up for themselves. I was the all American boy; baseball, basketball and soccer, sports, hiking and camping and then injures kicked in and got hurt and had to stop that. Eventually when I grew up I realized what my parents have done for me. My dad took three jobs so my mom could stay at home and raise me. I was their first kid, they couldn’t have kids. They didn’t know what they were doing but they did all right. Not too bad. I cherish things.

What would you say is the greatest moment of your life so far?

“I would say that the greatest moment has yet to be written but I would say my greatest moment would be when I was adopted.”

Can you describe that moment?

“Not really. I was screaming and crying. I was adopted at birth. It was luck. It was through the church. I can definitely express the emotion now. The people that adopted me, were absolutely gorgeous, they were Christian. I was raised protestant so I got the whole Jesus complex. I was the sweet kid in school, never got into any fights and tried to stand up for people who couldn’t stand up for themselves. I was the all American boy; baseball, basketball and soccer, sports, hiking and camping and then injures kicked in and got hurt and had to stop that. Eventually when I grew up I realized what my parents have done for me. My dad took three jobs so my mom could stay at home and raise me. I was their first kid, they couldn’t have kids. They didn’t know what they were doing but they did all right. Not too bad. I cherish things.

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“A lot of us like to live life setting goals and then when we get to that goal we’re happy, versus enjoying the journey to getting that happiness. I feel like a lot of people don’t enjoy the journey to happiness. Being in college is really stressful and you can’t wait till you’re out of college and then you’re out in the world. But you still have to enjoy your time in college right now and have fun.”

“A lot of us like to live life setting goals and then when we get to that goal we’re happy, versus enjoying the journey to getting that happiness. I feel like a lot of people don’t enjoy the journey to happiness. Being in college is really stressful and you can’t wait till you’re out of college and then you’re out in the world. But you still have to enjoy your time in college right now and have fun.”

— 1 week ago
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Who would you say is your role model?

"My mom because she’s been through a lot of hard times and she got really sick two years ago. She remained strong throughout the whole thing. She kept going.”

Who would you say is your role model?

"My mom because she’s been through a lot of hard times and she got really sick two years ago. She remained strong throughout the whole thing. She kept going.”

— 1 week ago with 1 note
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“See more, think less.”
Do you know who said that?
“Me.”
Can you elaborate on that?

“People get in their head too much. They think too hard. Instead of seeing what you have in front of you every day. Seeing the values you have instead of thinking about it. You start visualizing more instead of thinking more; it’s hard to explain. It’s a way to get out of your head, a way to stay humble, a way to stay motivated and not feel like you’re in a trap. Everyone is grinding out here. It’s easy to get inside your head and think too much about stuff and think, “Is this the right thing I should be doing?” instead of just doing things. So doing things is better than seeing things.”
What caused to you to think of all of this?

“In my life I used to be thinking too much cause I used to play football in high school and all this stuff and then I stopped and became a hippie and started going to music festivals and started exploring like the ‘not all who wander are lost’ kind of deal so I had to kind of get lost to find my way. In losing myself I realized that thinking isn’t really the key, it’s seeing. It’s more like what I’m seeing is more important than I’m thinking. That’s real reality. Your thoughts can become unreal sometimes. So I try not to trip myself out like with English I thought I was going to fail so I stopped thinking about it and I saw myself winning, seeing myself passing and instead of thinking about it I saw myself doing it.”

“See more, think less.”

Do you know who said that?

“Me.”

Can you elaborate on that?

“People get in their head too much. They think too hard. Instead of seeing what you have in front of you every day. Seeing the values you have instead of thinking about it. You start visualizing more instead of thinking more; it’s hard to explain. It’s a way to get out of your head, a way to stay humble, a way to stay motivated and not feel like you’re in a trap. Everyone is grinding out here. It’s easy to get inside your head and think too much about stuff and think, “Is this the right thing I should be doing?” instead of just doing things. So doing things is better than seeing things.”

What caused to you to think of all of this?

“In my life I used to be thinking too much cause I used to play football in high school and all this stuff and then I stopped and became a hippie and started going to music festivals and started exploring like the ‘not all who wander are lost’ kind of deal so I had to kind of get lost to find my way. In losing myself I realized that thinking isn’t really the key, it’s seeing. It’s more like what I’m seeing is more important than I’m thinking. That’s real reality. Your thoughts can become unreal sometimes. So I try not to trip myself out like with English I thought I was going to fail so I stopped thinking about it and I saw myself winning, seeing myself passing and instead of thinking about it I saw myself doing it.”

— 2 weeks ago with 2 notes
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Who would you say is your role model?
“My girlfriend.”
What has your girlfriend taught you?

“Just to look to more of the positive things and if something is not worth spending your time on then don’t beat yourself about it. If there’s something to learn from it then you can spend your time on that.”

Who would you say is your role model?

“My girlfriend.”

What has your girlfriend taught you?

“Just to look to more of the positive things and if something is not worth spending your time on then don’t beat yourself about it. If there’s something to learn from it then you can spend your time on that.”

— 2 weeks ago
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“I would love to help out people who want to go to school but can’t afford it because my aunt is paying for my school. She was the only person in her generation to go to school and I’m the only person in my family to go to school.”

“I would love to help out people who want to go to school but can’t afford it because my aunt is paying for my school. She was the only person in her generation to go to school and I’m the only person in my family to go to school.”

— 2 weeks ago
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What would you say was the greatest moment of your life so far?

“When I met my wife. As corny as it sounds, I found my other half. She was truly my soul mate.”

What would you say was the greatest moment of your life so far?

“When I met my wife. As corny as it sounds, I found my other half. She was truly my soul mate.”

— 3 weeks ago with 3 notes
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If you were in front of a large group of people and you had one piece of advice to give to give to them, what would you say?
 “That they have to study hard and they have to take all knowledge experience from the teachers. Be open to new knowledge .
What is the best piece of advice someone has given you?
“Focus. You have to have a mission and your mission should be that goal. Set up your goals and network with friends.”

If you were in front of a large group of people and you had one piece of advice to give to give to them, what would you say?

 “That they have to study hard and they have to take all knowledge experience from the teachers. Be open to new knowledge .

What is the best piece of advice someone has given you?

“Focus. You have to have a mission and your mission should be that goal. Set up your goals and network with friends.”

— 3 weeks ago
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What are you majoring in?
“Fashion design.”
What do you want to with that degree?
"Probably transfer to a school down in LA and become a famous designer.”
Do you know what kind of clothes you would want to design?
“Mostly evening dresses or costumes.”

What do you think it’s the best part about being a fashion designer?
"Seeing other people wear my designs and basically I see it as an art form almost. Also enjoying the look of the fabric and the accessories with it."
What do you think would be the hardest thing about being a fashion designer?

"Having to compete with other designers and having to designing things that you might not necessarily like but you know that the public likes. You have to kind of change yourself for the public and the animosity.”

What are you majoring in?

“Fashion design.”

What do you want to with that degree?

"Probably transfer to a school down in LA and become a famous designer.”

Do you know what kind of clothes you would want to design?

“Mostly evening dresses or costumes.”

What do you think it’s the best part about being a fashion designer?

"Seeing other people wear my designs and basically I see it as an art form almost. Also enjoying the look of the fabric and the accessories with it."

What do you think would be the hardest thing about being a fashion designer?

"Having to compete with other designers and having to designing things that you might not necessarily like but you know that the public likes. You have to kind of change yourself for the public and the animosity.”

— 4 weeks ago with 3 notes
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What is one remaining goal you have in life?

“Go to UC Berkley.”

What is one remaining goal you have in life?

“Go to UC Berkley.”

— 1 month ago with 2 notes
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If you had to give one piece of advice to give to a large group, what would you say?
"Find out what makes you happy and do it."
 Is there any reason you would say that?

"That’s always been my focus."

If you had to give one piece of advice to give to a large group, what would you say?

"Find out what makes you happy and do it."

 Is there any reason you would say that?

"That’s always been my focus."

— 1 month ago
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What would you say is your favorite class?
"Physics 205: Calculus based mechanics. I like learning how the universe works.”

What is the most interesting thing you have learned in that class?

"That time is not constant, that’s a fun one.”

What would you say is your favorite class?

"Physics 205: Calculus based mechanics. I like learning how the universe works.”

What is the most interesting thing you have learned in that class?

"That time is not constant, that’s a fun one.”

— 1 month ago with 3 notes
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What would you say is your greatest accomplishment?
"Going back and finishing education, it means a lot."
What made you come back?
     ”Not to sure. I guess because a minimum wage job can only get you so far in life.”

What would you say is your greatest accomplishment?

"Going back and finishing education, it means a lot."

What made you come back?

 ”Not to sure. I guess because a minimum wage job can only get you so far in life.”

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What would you say is your greatest accomplishment?“Surviving death. I was almost murdered when I was 17 and I was actually pronounced dead and the coroner was ready to harvest my organs. For some reason I just came back, so I was in a coma for a month and I had to go to rehab for a month. I didn’t do anything by myself; I could not walk, talk or breathe. I had a breathing tube. And so I had to learn all those things on my own again. I was able to do that and come back and graduate high school with my class. So I’m really proud of that, I don’t even know how I did it. It was the determination I guess to get better then to graduate and I did it, I love sharing that. If there’s something really tough, if you really want it, you can do it. If I can overcome that, anything is possible.”How different was your perspective of life after that?“Totally different, I broke the cycle of abuse, sexual abuse, I finally realized that I am strong enough to do things on my own , strong enough to be not bullied by people. Instead of going around and saying “I hate my life, life sucks”. It’s not a big deal, everything in life is pretty, even when there’s a ton a homework and life sucks. At least I’m alive, at least I have my family who’s there for me.”

What would you say is your greatest accomplishment?
“Surviving death. I was almost murdered when I was 17 and I was actually pronounced dead and the coroner was ready to harvest my organs. For some reason I just came back, so I was in a coma for a month and I had to go to rehab for a month. I didn’t do anything by myself; I could not walk, talk or breathe. I had a breathing tube. And so I had to learn all those things on my own again. I was able to do that and come back and graduate high school with my class. So I’m really proud of that, I don’t even know how I did it. It was the determination I guess to get better then to graduate and I did it, I love sharing that. If there’s something really tough, if you really want it, you can do it. If I can overcome that, anything is possible.”
How different was your perspective of life after that?
“Totally different, I broke the cycle of abuse, sexual abuse, I finally realized that I am strong enough to do things on my own , strong enough to be not bullied by people. Instead of going around and saying “I hate my life, life sucks”. It’s not a big deal, everything in life is pretty, even when there’s a ton a homework and life sucks. At least I’m alive, at least I have my family who’s there for me.”

— 1 month ago with 6 notes
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