Robin Pounders

Rapoport Academy

Q: What has helped you develop good study habits?

A: I work really hard. I put in a lot of hours of studying. I reach out when I need help. I try to put the most effort into my work that I can.

Q: Do you have any study tips to offer students?

A: Stay organized. That’s a skill that I’ve had to build up. Start studying early and ask your peers for help.

Q: Where is your favorite study spot?

A: I’d go to a park or a garden because I like studying outside. It’s calming, and the background noise creates a nice atmosphere for studying.

Q: What is one thing you wish you’d known your freshman year?

A: I wish I had joined more clubs and been a bit more outgoing. I started experiencing organizations during my sophomore and junior year. I could have started my freshman year and gained more experience.

Q: What is the best lesson you’ve learned from a teacher?

A: Whatever you do, try to make it fun. My English teacher, Mr. Nason, was a joker and made a spoof out of everything we did. When I write an essay, I try to find something interesting about it. I trick myself into thinking it’s fun.

Q: What are your school and community involvements?

A: I’m in the Amnesty International Club in my school, where we discuss worldwide issues and raise awareness at the school. We also run a free trade coffee shop at the school. I’m also on the UIL academic team, where I participate in Feature [Writing] and News Writing. During my sophomore and junior years, I did science fair and went to the state competition in that [ExxonMobil Texas Science and Engineering Fair]. In the community, I volunteer at [Waco] Downtown Farmers Market on the weekends.

Q: How do you decompress from a stressful schedule?

A: I hang out with my friends. I read a lot and watch movies. I like to take walks and go outside to decompress. If there’s a big assignment coming up, I’ll think of it in a new light and break down the problem.

Q: Use one word to describe yourself.

A: Tenacious.

Q: What do you plan to do after high school graduation?

A: I want to be a doctor. During my undergraduate years, I want to do pre-med or biochemistry and graduate with a bachelor’s in science. I don’t know where I want to go yet, but my dream college is [University of California] Berkeley, and my second choice is UT-Austin.

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