Maria, High School Student, CA

A good life is money, a steady job and health.


Maria is a high school student in California.  She was interviewed by a fellow student, Melanie, as part of a #schoolpartnership #studentvoice project with REENVISIONED, in which students interview each other and adults in their lives, and reflect together on school and what makes a good life.

Tell me about yourself.

 Well my name is Maria.  I'm eighteen and I'm 5'1..


How would your friends describe you and how would your family describe you?

Well, all my friends would describe me as outgoing, quiet, unpredictable.. depending on my mood. My family describes me as a happy loving person.. at times.


Now imagine you're all grown up let's say you're thirty, what are three central things you think would make a good life?

I would say money, a steady job and health.

How do you imagine your parents answer about what would make a good life is it similar or different than yours?

I would say it would be somewhat similar because you know they want the best for me.


Would you like school to do ideally to help you get that good life?

I would say helping you succeed in graduating and educating me.

How do you imagine what your parents would answer is similar or different?

I believe that my parents want what’s best for me so I think they’ll agree.


So, do you think this school will do that for you? Why why not?

I believe so because you know we have a staff determined, to graduate all of their students.


Will your school play that role for all students in the school? If not, why not.

I believe so, they treat everybody equally so on the right now.


Why do you think we have schools as a society?

To provide education.

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