Esme has been the sparkle in my year. I've gotten to know her quite well since she became an Ambassador last February. At first I would run into her at school from time to time and she was always smiling, happy and super excited to see me which of course made me feel fantastic. Besides her bubbly personality, I noticed how cute she was always dressed! I found myself asking her, "Okay, where did you get those shoes?" or "I love that dress!" We started to share fashion secrets and it was fun. When I found out that Esme was interested in photography, I asked her if she would like to be my intern for the year and so that was the beginning of a great team.
Esme has a fantastic work ethic! She is almost annoyingly prompt - early even! Which is great ... but since I live my life about 10 minutes behind myself, she would catch me running late almost consistently. I adored her endless questions and the fact that she got a first hand look at why I love all of the Ambassador's so much. At times she would make fun of me on location or roll her eyes and turn to a Senior to say, "Oh this is the part when she starts jumping up and down.", or would remind me to eat by telling me that she was hungry. If she wasn't on location for some reason, it really wasn't the same without her. It is refreshing to see how Esme looks at the world through unfiltered, almost naive and genuine eyes. She has a raw kindness to her that makes me want to almost protect her from the real world.
Esme has taught me so much this year. She taught me about new foods; that the family bond is still very very strong; that one can go to a different place, work hard and be successful without losing who they are; and mostly she taught me never to stop looking at life though innocent eyes. I had forgotten that for a while. Thank you Esme for being an 2018 Ambassador - we love you and I am really going to miss you next year.
What are your hobbies and interests?I like to play the guitar and piano. I love running. I also love spending time with little kids; I think that would be my favorite.
What are your extracurricular activities or sports?I do two seasons of sports: volleyball, cross country, track, and soccer.
What's the first thing people notice about you? People often say that I am very different from the rest and that I am a well rounded, fun, and sassy.
What's the one thing you're most proud about? I am very proud of my roots; all of my family on both sides, comes from poor ranches in Mexico where there is no education and only fields and animals. I will be the second person from my WHOLE family to graduate. Whenever I go back, I can't enjoy the old adobe house without air conditioning any more!
How would you describe your personality?I am very authoritative and sassy. However, I am also easy going andvery much a people person.
How would you describe your personal sense of style?I like to wear tight and bold clothing but that is classy and goes with my personality. I don't think I have a specific style because I just wear what I like.
What is the biggest obstacle you’ve faced in high school? How did you overcome it? The biggest obstacle has been trying to find my place at St Andrew's. It has always been hard for me to know that I am culturally different. Over the years I have come to really love those aspects even more and I have found the people who do too. I also became more religious and my connection with God helped me a lot.
What is your favorite way to spend a free afternoon?I love hiking and engaging with nature. My ideal afternoon would consist of me making really delicious food and hiking with some friends or family to a beautiful scenery. Setting down on a blanket with a speaker is having a good time.
Where do you see yourself in 20 years? I am hoping to be married with my husband (Of course we are deeply in love). By this time we will have five children. We will be a very close family. I would be working (still don't know what I want to be) and so will my husband.