Another’s Narrative

by Luciana Oliver

“Friendship is born at that moment when one person says to another: ‘What! You too? I thought I was the only one.” – C.S. Lewis

Essays, tests, quizzes, projects, sports practices, band rehearsals, leadership meetings: these are all things which make up our daily lives as students. To endure, many of us enter a “state of focus”, which allows us to concentrate on what we have to do to keep ourselves on track. The problem with this “state of focus” is that it blurs out everything that is not our priority. 

In school, most people get comfortable with their friend groups, and usually “blur out” the rest of the student body. Each person has their own narrative, and if you devote the time to take a look into another person’s story, you might find that you actually have a lot of things in common. For this reason, I’ve interviewed some members of NCAI, asking them fun questions that allow us to take a peek into their personalities and their lives. 

Our own story is made up of different people; some have longer parts than others, but at the end of the day, it’s the variety in chapters that make a book interesting. I encourage you guys to reach out to people you don’t usually talk to and listen to their stories because you might be surprised! 🙂  

Frank- Senior at NCAI 

  1. Describe yourself in three words.
  • “I would describe myself as a determined, charismatic, and joyful person.”
  1. What are your passions?
  • “My passions are sports and music. Playing basketball and playing instruments ? are some of the things I love to do in my free time and on a regular basis.” 
  1. What celebrity would you like to meet at Casa del Cafe for a cup of coffee?
  • “It would be dope if I met Stephen Curry in a Coffee shop. I think he is one of the people that I can relate to and I also admire what he does in terms of basketball and also reflecting Christ on the court.”
  1. What’s the longest you’ve gone without sleep?
  • “I think that the longest I’ve gone without sleep was a time when I just slept 5 hours. I usually try to sleep on time, so it’s really rare the times I have gone with not too much sleep.?”
  1. Which of the five senses would you say is your strongest?
  •  “I think that from the five senses, the strongest is my vision. (P.S Listening to really loud music can damage your hearing…..just saying.??”
  1. After high school, what would you like to do?
  • “After high school I would like to go to college and follow God’s plan for me (which is truly hard to know sometimes?), but I’m trusting that it will be good. The only thing I’m left with is to trust in him and do the things I have to do in this society (that includes a lot of essays ?).”

Daniel Kim- Junior at NCAI

  1. Describe yourself in three words.
  • “Korean, shy, soccer.”
  1. What are your passions?
  • “I just like everything related to soccer: watching soccer games, playing soccer video games, playing actual soccer. I also like to draw.”
  1. Would you rather vacation in Hawaii or Alaska, and why?
  • “I would rather vacation in Alaska because I want to see the mountains and aurora borealis.”
  1. If you could only eat one meal for the rest of your life, what would it be?
  • “It’s one of the Korean traditional foods, it’s called Bibimbap, which is rice with many other ingredients like veggies and some meat.”
  1. If you were ruler of your own country what would be the first law you would introduce?
  • “The first law will be making the country a Christian country.”
  1. After high school, what would you like to do?
  • “Study in college and play soccer in MLS. If I can’t play soccer, I want to work in something related to sports.” 

Elise Holtrop- Seventh Grader at NCAI

  1. Describe yourself in three words.
  • “Athletic because I have played soccer most of my life. Funny because I make my friends laugh a lot. Annoying because I annoy my family.”
  1. What are your passions?
  • “My passions are soccer, eating candy, playing sports, and painting.”
  1. If you could join any past or current music group which would you want to join?
  • “I would not really like to join any music group because I don’t like to play music that much, but I can sing.”
  1. How old were you when you learned Santa wasn’t real? How did you find out?
  • “I never really found out Santa wasn’t real, I just always kind of knew.”
  1. List two pet peeves.
  • “My pet peeves are when my siblings hog the bathroom and when they take a while to get ready for school because I can get very impatient.”
  1. After high school, what would you like to do?
  • “After high school, I would like to get a scholarship for soccer, play for the college, and we’ll see what happens next. I would like to do this because I love playing soccer.”