Andrew Opel's Webpage

Welcome to my webpage! Here you can find out information about me and my year in Junior Seminar. Below is a short biography of who I am as a person, my hobbies, etc. At the top of the page you can find links to my Semesters 1 and 2 pages where I look at all of the units we did in Junior Seminar. Thanks for visiting!

       If I had one word to describe me as a person, I think it would have to be driven. Of course, I have my moments where I enjoy taking four-hour naps and playing video games all day, but those certainly don't get anything done, now do they? I always find myself itching to do new things - if I am not busy, I find something to make myself busy. Inactivity, you could say, is a double weakness of mine. If I am inactive for a short time I get anxious, and if I am inactive for a long time I find myself enjoying it too much! Thus, I am both one of the most proactive yet lazy people you will ever meet. Confused? Great! Intrigued? Read on!

       When I was younger I was really quite the odd one out. I never truly developed the social skills in elementary school to talk to other kids, so most of the time I simply wandered about, happy as could be. I bounced from group to group on the playground, never really being turned away, but never staying for much longer than ten minutes or so. In this vagabond fashion I spent the first four years of my school career, and to this day it has some strange effects. Overall, I am just a normal teenage boy. I go to school, play sports, do homework, eat incessantly, and then go to sleep. But simultaneously I find myself watching other people my age with a confused look. While it is difficult to pinpoint why, I still do not entirely fit in with any specific group. I am well accepted, and have a strong group of very close friends, but I still do not match with anyone. Perhaps this is simply down to my Advocate personality, which makes up less than one percent of the world population (this test can be taken here). At this stage in my life, it is hard to tell. What I do know is that, despite my elementary school experience, I am very happy with who I am now!

       When it comes to interests and hobbies, I am a fairly well-rounded person. My greatest passion lies in music, as is evidenced by my multiple band and choir awards through our school. Music making, particularly singing, is a very vulnerable thing. It exposes the musician for everyone to see, both through the quality of their musicianship and the emotions they put into it. However, I find it a way to free myself from stress and just experience the world as it is, seeing the beauty that we all so frequently forget to look for.

       I also greatly enjoy things like reading and, believe it or not, math. Reading is a straightforward hobby, but most people are caught off guard when I say I love math. Naturally, it is not something that I sit at home and do for fun, but at school it is one of my favorite classes of the day. I love to challenge myself mentally, and this year pre-calc is doing a wonderful job of that. Besides those, science is where I am in my environment, and one day I wish to become a chemical engineer and do what I love as a job.

       During the school year, I participate in many extracurricular activities. I am the Vice President of our Student Council and involve myself in Jazz Band and Chamber Singers. I also joined our High School Forensics team last year, and to my surprise placed 5th in the state competition. In keeping with the theme of music and acting, I am also in the drama program, playing the lead role in our school production of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat. To wrap things up, I run track in the spring as a sprinter and a pole-vaulter. While being involved in so many things at once is stressful, it definitely keeps me busy and out of trouble!

       This brings me back to my initial thoughts about me as a person. I think that overall I am quite a driven person. Maintaining a 4.0 GPA along with managing my heavy schedule is taxing, but I continue anyways. I persevere because I know that this is what I must do to become the best person I can be. If I ever wished, I could simply quit all of my extra-curriculars, forget my 4.0, and continue life as any other student, and no one else would ever know the difference. But to me pushing yourself and striving for excellence is one of the most important things you can do as a person. You do not need to be like anyone else. I know that I will never be the best athlete, the best actor, or the best public speaker. I will never be the best at anything, for that matter, save for one thing. The one thing I can be best at is being me, and I intend to do that for as long as I live!

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Last Updated 1-4-2019