Student Success Stories

Scholar Spotlight: Q & A with Carlos

Freshman, Mercy College


What do you want to study?

I want to study Early Childhood Education because I am interested in the mind, and I am good with kids. We need to give the children opportunities because they are our future. I worked at HPAC’s Summer Leadership Camp this summer. I hope to do music on the side. I write sad music, the type that gets to your heart.

Participant of which HPAC programs?

Kenyon Young Writers and Shakespeare Ensemble. Played Flute in Midsummer Night’s Dream.

Favorite HPAC program and why?

I enjoyed young writer’s program the most because it introduced me to something new. At first I was scared. I thought that everyone was better than I am. The program helped me own my skills. I got better at putting down my ideas on paper and it helped me build confidence. I still use the skills I learned to help me write lyrics.

As a part of the program I remember writing two stories. The first was about time. I wrote about how it’s an illusion and how we spend so much of it on things that don’t matter. The second was about a girl who went into the woods and found a llama. She was intrigued by it and started taking pictures, but the llama got mad and kicked her in the face.

Read Carlos’ writing in the HPAC Young Writers Review: The 6 Train Volume I

What is your favorite thing about being a scholar?

I like that HPAC exposed me to new things and gave me a new perspective on life. It showed me how to be determined to achieve more in life. Through the writing program I realized how much I like writing. I was no longer scared to express myself. The Shakespeare program introduced me to theatre and I ended up joining other drama clubs. I played Chad in a rendition of High School Musical.

Who is your role model?

Socrates is my role model. He stood up for what he believed in and questioned everything around him. I believe he died with pride. Everyone attacked him based on his beliefs, but he stayed true to himself.

If you were stranded on a desert island and could have 3 things, what would those things be?

  1. A pile of books among which I would find Harry Potter, Perks of Being a Wallflower, and Celestine Prophecy.
  2. A surfboard.
  3. Solar powered MP3 Player

What are you most proud of?

I am most proud of finishing an album. For many years I doubted myself and my ability; however, making an album is something that I always said I wanted to do . Some people doubted me. I’m glad I did it. There are 13 tracks and they’re singing and rapping. I used free instrumentals from youtube: slow beats and jazz inspired sounds. I have a concept. The album is about an alien abduction. I’m an alien who has been captured by the government and I’m trying to escape from Area 51. I talk about Planet Earth: the corruption, life around me, and losing a friend. At the end I get captured again. Watch out for the second album.

If you could be invisible for a day, what would you do?

I would torment all my bad teachers. I would make things around the class move, and it would drive them insane. Then I would go skydiving. I would be the first invisible man to skydive. All you would see in the air is a floating parachute. Then I would sneak into Area 51.

Where is your favorite place in the world?

My favorite place in the world is my grandparents’ house in the Dominican Republic. They live up in the mountains and I really enjoy all the nature. There is an open field and they have horses, a dog, and a cat. I like exploring.

What was your favorite class?

My favorite classes are English and media. In media I learned how to properly video record. We learned how to come up with a good concept for a video and how to organize clips.

Tell me something that is unique about you.

I am half alien and half black.

If you could get in contact with any person, dead or alive, who would it be and what would you say?

I would talk to Jesus. I want to ask him why the bible didn’t talk about his teenage years. Teenagers make the most mistakes and I want to know about his.

What advice would you give your parents?

Be more open minded. Look at things from a different perspective because you are not always right. They need to be able to see things differently when the times change.