The first thing you should know about Justin is that he does not like to be in the spotlight. “A situation where there is a ton of people, or where everyone is focused on me makes me feel most out of place,” and he primarily describes himself as quiet. Even moreso, he tells us if his life was turned into a book, it would mainly include his family, friends, and his time with them. Justin attended Taylorsville High School and is at the U to either study in a health science or technology field, all with hopes to support his family and give back to the community in general through volunteer opportunities.
When his time isn’t taken up by homework, Justin enjoys sleeping, playing video games (which he is quite good at), going outside, and generally being with his family and friends. He’s highly conscious of the world around him, and was once told to “not be ignorant of those around you,” which he attributes to the broadening of his world view. He endeavors to “understand different situations and problems that can occur for others around me that I did not have to go through,” and spends a great deal of his time thinking about the future and how his actions today will affect it.
Someone said to me once to not be ignorant of those around you. This would essentially broaden my view of the world and I try to understand different situations and problems that can occur for others around me that I did not have to go through.
Though Justin wishes he “knew more about about how to prepare for adult life,” we know he’s off to an amazing start! He is a recipient of the Utah Opportunity Scholarship and tells us that this accomplishment has greatly impacted his life. “Not only did it give me the option to go to college, but also lifts the financial burdens off of my family’s shoulders. This scholarship gives me the will-power to do better and not waste this opportunity that has been given to me;” and this acknowledgement of opportunities he’s been given often surfaces in how he describes his way of living, believing that, “respecting others and understanding them is the best way to live life because, at the end of the day, we are all humans.”
Respecting others and understanding them is the best way to live life because, at the end of the day, we are all humans.
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