Mr. Sandoval: A Letter to my 17-year old self
The advice I would give to you is to keep doing what you are doing by keeping your faith with Christ always put Him first! Also staying active in your three sports, football, wrestling, and baseball, that will keep you out of trouble while keeping your grades up to a 3.2 GPA. I know you are not a test taker, but keep working hard turning work in. Being 17, you still need to listen to your parents about doing homework almost every night after practice. Listen to your mom about how grandpa took her out of school in 5th grade to work the farm, and how your dad dropped out of high school in his junior year. Remember this is your last year in high school, keep your memories with friends, enjoy them and remember this is a small chapter of your life. Respect your teachers/coaches they are there to help you succeed.
Pat, I want you to know that in a blink of an eye, your senior year will pass you by, live responsible and with meaning, be thankful. Remember to be nice to everyone; you never know what other students are going through! Keeping your nose to the grind and listening to your teacher/ coaches, remember they can help you achieve at the next level in life. Keep working hard in practice, always give 100% in everything you do, you never know what is in store for you in the future.
Pat, I want you to know that even though no one in your family has gone to college, you can be the first one to make everyone in the family proud. I know going to college is very scary, since no one is there to tell you what to expect, remember to keep your faith and keep walking forward. Always live with integrity, good work ethic, and discipline. These three characteristics will help you in the future.
(Pat Sandoval: Science Teacher)