Andrea Ochoa graduated from Bob Hope Faculty on the prime of her class.
As the category of 2020 valedictorian, the 18-year-old’s advantage is taking her to the partitions of Lamar College to review enterprise.
“I selected to main in enterprise as a result of I wish to be taught all there may be to proudly owning and working a enterprise,” she stated. “I hope to have the chance to be provided internships, so I can achieve expertise of what my profession truly seems to be like out in the true world.
“This could assist me determine if I wish to work for a corporation for a while or simply begin investing my time in beginning my very own enterprise. As soon as I obtain my bachelor’s diploma, I plan on going again to high school to pursue my grasp’s diploma.”
Ochoa stated her largest problem has at all times been being indecisive.
“I can by no means make my thoughts up for something, so when the time got here for me to begin fascinated with what main I needed to review, I assumed I used to be by no means going to determine,” she stated. “After a very long time of considering, I selected to let go of my perfectionist mindset and visualize all the chances and constructive outcomes of every profession. Once I was lastly capable of cease overanalyzing every little thing, I used to be capable of determine what I needed to do.”
Ochoa likes to see all issues executed accurately and exactly.
“As an illustration, if I used to be purchasing for a brand new pair of footwear and I see even the slightest mark or stain on it, I might ask the worker to carry me one other pair,” she stated. “Even then, if I see that they’re all form of stained, then I received’t purchase something.”
The Port Arthur native stays a believer within the energy of training. ion is essential to her as a result of she feels it’s the spine to something one desires to do in life.
Having an training opens doorways to numerous alternatives that may finally assist change one’s life, Ochoa stated.
Alongside quite a few examine periods and specializing in training, Ochoa additionally spent lots of time in organizations and enjoying sports activities. She performed volleyball and soccer.
Volleyball coach Christian Cruz stated Ochoa is among the greatest athletes he’s ever had at Bob Hope.
“She’s going to by no means stop enjoying even when every little thing within the courtroom and out was towards her,” he stated. “She leaves a stronger volleyball program at Bob Hope. Many women admire her and wish to play like Andrea.”
Ochoa additionally made time for volunteering in her group and was part of the Management Group and Key Membership teams.
“Each organizations had been based mostly on volunteering and serving to out the group, which is why I joined,” she stated. “I wish to be part of something that may basically make a change for the higher.”
Her favourite group was the Bob Hope Management Group.
“Each month they might herald a speaker that might discuss to us about their life experiences and the way they’ve created an affect,” she stated. “This motivated me to maintain on striving to achieve success and giving again to my group.”
Ochoa additionally hopes to offer again to her household sometime. She says she is happiest when spending time along with her household.
“I get pleasure from happening trip for the vacations and my position fashions are my mother and father,” she stated. “I’ve seen them undergo most likely the largest hardship they’ll ever expertise of their lives, and but they’ve dealt with the state of affairs manner higher than I anticipated.
“I like their power and their sturdy religion essentially the most, as a result of irrespective of how a lot our lives have modified, they be sure to maintain a constructive perspective in the direction of every little thing.”
Ochoa stated she goes to overlook seeing her associates every day in highschool however is trying ahead to a change in surroundings and extra freedom as a school pupil.