Matthew Parsons

Midway High School

Q: Do you have any study tips?
A: I recommend studying in groups because it puts everyone’s ideas in a melting pot.
Q: What is one thing you wish you’d known in your freshman year of high school?
A: Take yourself out of your comfort zone.
Q: What is the best lesson you’ve learned from a teacher?
A: It’s OK to ask questions and delve into material that’s not part of the curriculum.
Q: What are your school and community involvements?
A: I’m on the state-qualifying mock trial team. I competed in UIL academics in literary criticism and science. I’m also the president of the French Club and a representative of Spanish Club. I’m the founder and president of the Midway Songs for Seniors Club and in the National Honor Society.
I take private clarinet lessons from Dr. Jun Qian [at Baylor]. I take piano from Dr. Ruth Pitts. I also tutor and give clarinet lessons. I play clarinet for St. Jerome Catholic Church. I’m a member of the Central Texas Youth Wind Ensemble. I also play in a woodwind trio.
Q: With a busy schedule, what do you do to unwind?
A: I de-stress by practicing piano or clarinet. Reading is very therapeutic. I enjoy George Orwell and Ray Bradbury. I read Virginia Woolf too.
Q: What do you plan to do after graduation?
A: I am going to Harvard to study biology, linguistics and music.

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