Meet Rebecca Smith, a vibrant 15-year-old ninth grader at Bremerton High School, whose enthusiasm and diverse interests shine through in a recent interview with Voices of Pacific Island Nations (VOPIN). Beyond her studies, Rebecca actively participates in choir and afterschool clubs like robotics and marksmanship and proudly serves in the ROTC program, holding a staff position as an NPO and assisting a platoon commander.
In the interview, Rebecca expressed gratitude for the transformative impact of VOPIN on her academic journey, especially in overcoming challenges in math. She highlighted the Education Navigators, stating, “They're incredibly helpful... They really helped me understand concepts of math because I am terrible at remembering them. And they've really helped me with understanding it, making sure I do actually know what I'm doing, and I can see improvements.”
VOPIN's Navigating Education project supportive environment, personalized assistance, and engaging methods have not only boosted Rebecca's confidence but also enhanced her academic performance. She passionately encourages her peers to be proactive in seeking help, emphasizing, "Ask for help when you need it because when you don't ask for help and you're just sitting there frustrated, you don't get things done."
As for Rebecca's future, the possibilities are limitless. Whether she's envisioning building robots that change the world or leading troops with courage and compassion, one thing is certain: Rebecca's journey is just beginning, and it's bound to be nothing short of wonderful.