My name is Zuleyma Monjaras and I am a junior at Diamond Technology Institute (DTI) which is a charter high school in the Pajaro Valley Unified School District (PVUSD). I am a member of the following communities: school, target employee, Associated Student Body (ASB), animal loving, and Latinx. Several Titles that I believe I hold in my community are socially intelligent, adaptive, dependable, organized, and respectful. Some roles I play are being a daughter, sister, coworker, student, girlfriend, aunt, and a dog mom. This year I am part of multiple communities and I feel like I make a positive impact by being part of them. As a target employee, I restock essential items for our guests, especially during the COVID-19 pandemic we are living through. I can continue to strengthen the target community by continuing to work there and putting as much effort as I can. In my ASB community, I bring students together at Diamond Tech. I strengthen that community by contributing ideas and organizing events for the students and staff to enjoy. In my Latinx community, I demonstrate that minorities can also be as successful or even more successful than majorities. I can continue to strengthen the Latinx community by continuing to work hard in school and showing that I can achieve great things too. Overall, I play many different roles in the different communities I’m in and feel like I impact them positively. The way I participate in community improvement is by volunteering in it. The first big project I volunteered in this school year was raising money for the organization Relay for Life by selling dollar chocolate bars. “The Relay For Life movement is the American Cancer Society’s signature fundraiser dedicated to helping communities attack cancer.” I would go door to door in Watsonville asking if anyone was interested in buying chocolate to support Relay for Life. Most people would at least try to buy one chocolate bar or donate money. I ended up selling 6 or 7 boxes for relay, I lost count after a while. I was proud of being the top sellers at the Diamond Tech to raise money for a cancer fighting organization. The most challenging part was having to sell the chocolate to people I don’t really know because I’m not really a talkative person to people I don’t really interact often with. Another big project I was involved in was Adopt a Family at Diamond Tech. This school year, we only adopted one family during Christmas time who didn’t have much. The way I volunteered was by bringing in gifts and ASB, which I’m part of, delivered them to the family Diamond Tech adopted. I was satisfied when being able to be part of this because I enjoyed spreading Christmas cheer. A challenging part of being involved was finding a good gift to give when not knowing much about the family we adopted. All the information we were given about the family was their ages and their sizes of clothing. The final big project I was involved in this school year was the outdoor activity day at the Santa Cruz County Fairgrounds. This year it was a 3 day event; Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. If we were caught up with all work and had good grades we could go on Friday, which I was. Most of the time I was assisting with the rock climbing wall. I enjoyed being able to make kids happy and make memories with them. Another enjoyable part was being appreciated by the parents who accompanied their children. I found it challenging to communicate well with the children since they all were really young. Overall, volunteering has made me feel very proud and content. I wish to proceed to volunteer as much as I can but it’s going to be a while until I can because of the pandemic and all the restrictions. Some careers I would be interested in would be becoming a veterinarian, pet groomer, or animal caretaker. I know these careers would be a good match for me because I took a career matchmaker quiz and these three careers came in at the top 10. The career matchmaker quiz asks you 116 questions about your likes and dislikes to find careers that match up with your interests. Out of the three careers, I would prefer to become a veterinarian because I really like being around animals and it would be the best way that I feel like I can help them. My professional community in this type of career would be animal enthusiasts. Vets, vet techs, and clients would be part of this community. My coworkers and I would work together for a common goal; caring for animals. The way we would collaborate would be by examining animals, doing blood tests or x-rays, diagnosing illnesses, treating diseases or injuries, performing surgery, and vaccinating animals. I don’t know anyone that is in this career other than the vets that have assisted my pets before. I've been trying to volunteer at dog shelters for a while now but I’m not old enough to volunteer. The only other way to volunteer at a shelter would be having a parent with me at all times but I rather not take time from their day just to watch me volunteer. Having a dog and meeting other people’s pets made me want to have a career that involves animals in some way. I just want to have a career where we all have the same goal and interests. Adversity is something we all got to face at some point. Since the COVID-19 pandemic started I’ve been really struggling to keep up on school work. I’m needed at work because we’re short staffed due to having so many coworkers at high risk. I know that I need to put school first but by being at work I feel acknowledged when restocking essential items for my community. I wake up early to go to work so I can have time in the afternoon for school work but because I’m up earlier than usual, once I’m home all I want to do is sleep. The way I’ve been overcoming all this mess is my determination to have good grades and making people proud of me. Also, I want to have good grades in case I decide I want to go to a four year university which would give me a better chance of getting in. What I can teach others about dealing with adversity is keeping your head up, we all have our moments but all we can do is come right up again. This school year I've grown in multiple ways as a person and as a student. I have learned more about what's happening in my local community and what is available to me on social media. One project or activity in the DTI community where I worked collaboratively toward a common goal are spirit weeks/potlucks. The ASB community gets our school together for fun activities. Some potlucks we planned this school year before we started distance learning were Halloween, Valentine's Day, and Mexican independence day. I demonstrated a positive work ethic by working together with the rest of ASB to create a fun environment. Some opportunities that I engaged in outside this community were trips to colleges. Unfortunately due to the lockdown, we weren’t able to go to all the field trips this year. Over the years going to colleges made me realize what type of environment and school I would like to attend in the future. Everyone is creative in different ways. I believe the way I’m creative is by the stylistic choices I make in school projects. My style when creating something is very simplistic. My simple style helps my community understand better what I have to say and it gets my point through faster. A few examples of this would be my final presentation for Agriculture Environmental Science and my beast battle presentation. In these presentations, I demonstrate what my simplistic style looks like. Creativity to me means having a unique idea or creating something unique. A creative skill I have is being open minded. Being open minded can lead me to new experiences. My top goal is to graduate knowing what career I want to pursue. I really want to also get involved more in helping animals. I want to volunteer more in my community but it’s going to be hard to do so when not being able to interact with others. I don’t have another community in mind that I want to be part of other than the animal helping the community. The only way I can truly feel like I can join that community is when I’m old enough to volunteer at dog shelters. Finally, communities are something we all are a part of. This school year has taught me a lot about the communities I’m in and how they impact me. I wasn’t aware of how beneficial being in multiple communities was until now.