Lexie Walling

Lexie Walling
Lexie Walling

I'm headed to California Baptist University

Last December I visited California Baptist University solely as a backup plan. I wanted to keep my options open by looking at a lot of different schools. I'd been to CBU many times before because my brother studied there. During my visit, I felt so welcomed by the staff, coaches, and swim team. The campus is beautiful and CBU has the major I hope to study. And above all the school has a great Division 1 swimming program where I can grow and thrive as an athlete.

Two people have really influenced me at SAS. My kindergarten teacher, Mrs. Schwarz taught me that having good character and being respectful is most important in life. Looking back, I learned a lot in kindergarten about being a kind and loving person. Then for my teacher apprenticeship during Interim Semester this year, we met Ms. Canon, elementary school speech pathologist. After hearing her story, I decided that speech pathology is the career I want to pursue.

My favorite SAS memory would have to be winning IASAS swimming in my sophomore year. Going into the meet, we weren't expected to win. In fact, we were hopeful for third place. Over three days, we swam our hearts out and somehow managed to place first. After the last relay everyone was in shock, including our coaches. That was definitely a time when I was proud to be an Eagle, and I will never forget it.

SAS is special because of the facilities and the endless opportunities. Students have so many options as to what passion they might want to pursue. My advice to younger students is to remember that high school is a place to find who you are. Never feel like you have to follow a group to fit in. You are you. Pinpoint your passion, find the people who will be true to you, and never forget to be kind.



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