Name Isaiah Rodriguez
Graduating From: Atascadero High School Degree: HS Diploma
Future Plans: Cuesta College, The Cuesta Promise
My experience: It’s been rough not being able to go to school and see my friends, but being able to talk online and doing voice calls is a good way to connect while staying safe. I worked at the movie theater in Atascadero and I was going to get promoted when I graduated, but with the theater being closed I’m missing out on that promotion. That’s a bummer not be able to work and see people I work with, but it’s for the best to keep people safe.
How I reacted in thought and action: We need to settle down, be careful; accepting the news and adjusting accordingly
One difficult thing was: Missing prom, Grad Night, and Formal Graduation
Something that stood out during this experience: The lack of structure in terms of waking up and doing what I’m supposed to do throughout the day. Without that structure I have a different sleep schedule and I eat at different times. I guess this is the new normal.
I care about: What’s best for society and that’s more important than my personal wants and needs right now.
My take-away: Get through day by day
Final Thoughts: There’s completion with graduation and the start of the next chapter of my life. Moving from one structure of education to a new work focused structure.
Lori’s Summary: Isaiah struck me as caring, proactive and grounded. He spoke with a high level of commitment to keeping everyone safe and working with the situation without too much need to make it other than what it is.
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