HOCC: Yareli Ornelas-Pulido

Yareli Ornelas-Pulido, 12, was asked a few questions about her experience during her high school years, both the highs and lows. This is what she had to say.

Tyro Times: “What was the hardest period of your high school experience?”

Yareli: “The hardest period during high school was probably junior year during COVID-19. My mental health was beyond downhill and I felt very lonely and struggled with depression. It all worked out in the end though. I found a good friend group, even if it’s only temporary. I feel like if I didn’t go through what I went through last year, I’d still be a very shy person and wouldn’t step out of my comfort zone.”

Tyro Times: “What helped you get through this tough period?”

Yareli: Honestly, myself. It got so bad that it was affecting all my relationships. Eventually I got tired of it and somehow figured it out”.

Tyro Times: “if you had to do it again, what would you do differently?”

Yareli: “I probably wouldn’t depend my happiness on people and try to find a good group of friends that I could count on. I would also try to get out of my comfort zone and try to do more of what I wanted to do.”

Tyro Times: “Are there some things you wish to improve on?”

Yareli: “To be honest, as much as I want to say yes, I’m going to say no. I like to believe you improve things over time, gradual improvement; no one is perfect and that is how you learn lessons.”

Tyro Times: “What are some things you regret?”

Yareli: “Not taking AVID or being invited to Honor Society. I took honors classes all four years and never got offered the opportunity to being in National Honor Society.”

Tyro Times: “What are some things you’re proud of during your high school years?”

Yareli: “I’m proud of how much I’ve grown as a person. I’m also proud of being the second one out of my family to graduate and the first to go to college.”

Tyro Times: “What was your favorite year of high school and why?”

Yareli: “My favorite year of high school was senior year. I have okay friends and I’m the happiest I’ve ever been. 

Tyro Times: “What was your least favorite year and why?”

Yareli: “Least favorite was freshman year. I look back on a lot of memories and cringe. I’m glad I matured a bit.”

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