Fourth Quarter Interview with Mariela Galindo

Fourth Quarter Interview with Mariela Galindo

With the fourth and final quarter underway at Arizona College Prep Erie, we reflect on an unusual school year built around adapting to the events of the outside world. The biggest adversity we all currently face is the battle with the COVID-19 pandemic. Due to health concerns, the school year was altered in many different ways from hybrid learning, which gives students the choice of online or in-person learning, changes in school schedules, and the cancellation of many social school events such as Prom and Homecoming. With all of the changes, the attitudes and moods of students have fluctuated in many different ways as we all try and battle through unprecedented times. In addition to the pandemic slowly coming to an end, ACP will also be moving to a new campus location for the 2022 school year. We took a moment to ask current junior, Mariela Galindo, about her thoughts of this unusual school year and her vision of the next school year. 

Q: How has this school year played out for you so far?

A: This school year has had its ups and downs for me. Online school was a huge adjustment, and it was difficult to stay motivated for the first half of the year. I’m grateful for the time I got to dedicate to mental health and developing hobbies and getting to know myself, but I’m sad that so many things that we were looking forward to this year got canceled. 

Q: What are you looking forward to in your final quarter on the Erie campus?

A: I am looking forward to finishing the last quarter strong as it will be instrumental in our preparation leading the school to the new campus. Although this is exciting and welcomed, it is also sad to see the current seniors go. They have been lovely and have helped me a lot in my StuGo career that I’ll carry for the remainder of my time here. 

Q: What are your hopes for your senior year at the new campus?

A: I hope that our school will maintain its academic integrity and standards in its students and staff and that our new and bigger school will create opportunities for all departments (academics, sports, the arts, etc;) and that they get the platform for recognition and support that they deserve. As a StuGo member, I also hope that COVID will not interfere with our school events next year and that we get to execute all of our favorite events safely. 

Q: What are some things you recommend ACP keeps and changes for the next school year

A: I hope that becoming a bigger public high school will not affect the academic integrity it’s known for as all of the new students and staff come in. I also hope our community doesn’t change as our size will grow in numbers. I hope we continue to maintain a welcoming community for students and families. I also would like extended opportunities for all departments to get the recognition they deserve. 

Mariela has been heavily involved within the ACP community since her freshman year as an important member of Student Government. As an upcoming senior and seeking a position of power within StuGo, she will be a major part of the culture and mindset the new ACP campus adapts. We wish her luck in her academic future and help to make a smooth transition between schools for all.