Q: What High School do you attend?
Q. Please tell us about your current plans after high school and what inspired you to choose this path?
A. My major is psychology. My future plan is to become a forensic psychologist and/or a clinical psychologist. The reason why I want to become a psychologist is because I am absolutely fascinated with the human mind. Within my career I will diagnose and treat individuals experiencing psychological distress and mental illness. Out of all my friends I’ve always been the “counselor”. I’m a very understanding person to approach which is why I’ve decided to go down that path with my career. I’ve always been a heavyset girl. 2 years ago I weighed over 235. I’ve been bullied for the majority of my years in elementary and middle school. It sort of died down in high school but I would get a few fat comments from time to time. After losing the weight, I was still left with those same insecurities. Over the months I’ve learned to love myself more and more each day. I’ve overcome those insecurities. Going through that situation has really opened my eyes to see how powerful the mind truly is. I realized that I was in a battle with my own mind. This career is most definitely fit for me because I’ve overcome many obstacles and my goal is to fuel others to overcome their own. I have a strong desire for it, and it’s always been my passion. I will first attend Aiken Tech for 2 yrs then a University for 4 years.
Q. Please tell us a little bit about your family.
A. I live with my mom and dad Mary Porter & Kenneth Porter. I don’t come from a very wealthy family but my parents have always found a way to make ends meet.
Q: What are a couple of your favorite restaurants in our community?
A: Steak ‘n Shake.
Q: Who is the most interesting person you’ve met here in our community?
A: My manager, Mary Ann. She’s looked out for me as if she wasn’t my boss.
Q: If you could travel anywhere in the world right now, where would it be and why?
A: Dubai, Barbados, & Paris because I am a person that enjoys nature and the beauty of it. These places have beautiful attractions & I would love to go just for the view.
Q: What is one of your favorite movies? TV shows?
A: Who Framed Roger Rabbit.
Q: What’s the best advice you ever received from a teacher? Who was the teacher?
A: My 5k teacher Mrs. Morgan told my parents that I have a lot of potential and that I would make it in life. This really inspired me to push myself.
Q: What is your go-to band/singer when you can’t decide what to listen to?
A: I don’t really listen to bands but my favorite go-to singer is Sabrina Claudio.
Q: If you could choose anyone to have lunch with, who would you choose? Why? And where, locally, would you meet for this lunch?
A: I would love to have lunch with my best friends because they always brighten up my mood even on a bad day. We would probably meet at the subway.
Q: What is your favorite thing about our community?
A: My favorite thing about our community is how we easily adapt to each other and how easily we can influence each other.
Q: Where do you see yourself in 5 to 10 years?
A: I see myself with my own place at the beginning of my career working a full-time job. Hopefully taking lots of vacations and traveling.
Q: What show are you binge-watching right now?
A: Money Heist.
Q: Favorite month? favorite holiday? and the best single day on the calendar?
A: My favorite month is December and my favorite holiday is Christmas because of how the whole month of December is filled with merry vibes due to Christmas. My favorite single day is my birthday because it just reminds me of how lucky I am to be here for another year.
Q: Who inspires you to be better?
A: My mom inspires me to be better but also I inspire myself to be better because I would like to achieve the goals I set for myself.
Q: If you could go back over your entire school career, what is one thing you would do differently?
A: I would be in more extra-curricular activities because I didn’t really take it to my full capacity. I know I was capable of doing more than I actually did.
Q: Who or what do you miss the most right now?
A: I really miss my family and friends from school.
Q: What life lessons have you learned through this quarantine experience?
A: I’ve learned that we take our everyday life for granted. I used to complain about going to school every day but it was extremely sad being at school and not knowing it was our last day without getting to say goodbye to our friends. We didn’t realize that would be our last time walking out of that school as students. We don’t really realize how important our lifestyle is to us until it’s taken away.
Q: What’s the first thing you want to do when this quarantine is over?
A: Spend time with my family.
Thank you Karis for interviewing with us during this quarantine time. You have made my experience easy and comfortable. To new beginnings. If I can share one piece of advice for the life you are about to create, it would be for you to enjoy the journey. That’s how you create a beautiful life. Say yes to life! Enjoy yourself and create beautiful and loving memories. Friends for Life. ~MICKI