Humans of Irvington High: Anthony Choi

Joy Kuo, Staff Writer

“I aspire to be like a senior that graduated two years ago, Olivia Mendoza. I think she is very chill, caring, and a great friend. She’s very cool and wants to pursue the same major as me, psychology. She’s really friendly and caring as a person. I think she gets it a lot from just being calm and seeing things from other people’s perspective. I personally want to be a chill person and that person who will be there if you need them. I think Olivia is always there for me too. I think after meeting her I was a lot more calm and not as flamboyant or aggressive. She is an outlet for me, and I think Olivia changes me for the better by changing my mentality. We just relate to each other. We have similar common interests, and we talk about stuff that we both enjoy a lot. It’s just really easy to talk to her, and I think it’s not that hard to talk to me either. I have a lot of interests that I can talk about with other people, so I think I am generally an easier person to talk to. I think it is very important for people to know that someone is always there for them to talk to, so they can have an outlet to voice their concern. That’s very important for a person to have, so they don’t have to keep bottling up their feelings and eventually just lash out to other people since they don’t know what to do with their feelings. Things are not always like how I see it when I look at different people’s situation. They might have different circumstances that I may not know about and not to judge too far too early. A lot of times I ask friends, ‘Hey! How are you doing? How’s your life going?’ Just be a person to talk to. It doesn’t have to be all the time or to a very special person. You don’t need to be a really special person in their life to talk to them because sometimes what they need is not someone that’s super close to them or too intertwined to their life. Something fresh or something new can really get their feelings out.”