Junior Cynthia Garza looks at the time, remembering all the upcoming meeting she has the following day. Garza involves herself in Key Club, Interact Club, Criminal Justice, Drama Club, Chess Club, Hispanic Students Council (CHE), Spanish Club, National Honor Society (NHS), UIL: Prose and Poetry, Ready Writing and Debate.
“I love to do a lot of things and I like to stay busy,” Garza said. “Sometimes I’m frustrated with myself because there is not enough time to try even more things. I would like to have different skills so I can expand my horizons.”
Garza first started involving herself in extracurricular activities with step team in the eighth grade.
“I loved [step team] so much that I wanted to find some more things to do,” Garza said. “I ended up liking all of the clubs that I joined and stuck with them.”
Garza’s busiest day,Thursday, consists of CHE, Spanish Club and NHS right after school. Then she heads to Donna Sheppard to mentor kids and help them with step team. Last, Garza goes to practice for criminal justice. She usually doesn’t get home until 6:30 p.m.
“I’ve learned [from staying late] is to always have food with me so I won’t starve,” Garza said. “It is very handy.”
Currently, Garza captain of Criminal Justice and secretary of Key Club and Interact Club. As secretary, she helps organize fundraisers and keeps track of members hours. In Criminal Justice, Garza helps teach the steps and procedures to the members for Felony Traffic Stops.
“[Key Club and Interact Club] have changed my life drastically and I found what I love which is helping people,” Garza said. “[Criminal Justice] practices all the time to be the best and it’s just a very fun environment,”
Having a planner keeps Garza organized and helps her with time management. She writes down when she has quizzes, meetings, deadlines and doctor appointments. Garza takes it out every class and refers to it.
“If I know I have an upcoming deadline then I force myself in all my spare time to work on school,” Garza said.
Garza hopes to go to either Drew University or University of Texas to become a lawyer or major in criminal justice.
“Both [schools] are very politically involved and have really good criminal justice and law programs,” Garza said. “I believe that helping should come naturally to people.”