Q&A With a Graduate

Meet Tara Johnson!

What is your name, age, school, and what community are you from?

My name is Tara Johnson, I’m nineteen years old and I go to Potlotek High school. 

What clubs, teams, or groups are you involved in at school, and after-school?

I’m currently in a beading club started by Jasmine Johnson, the Mi’kmaw language teacher. It’s a fun club that I enjoy going to because it connects me to my culture and she’s always teaching us new Mi’kmaw words. 

What’s your favourite subject in school?

My favorite courses throughout high school would have to be the sciences. It’s a love/hate relationship with those courses. I’m almost always pulling out all my hair from it, but I honestly enjoy it so much because it challenges me and forces me to work hard.

If you could go anywhere in the world, where would it be, and why?

There are a lot of places I would love to go based on educational/cultural experiences, but if I had to choose a place for just leisure, I would choose Florida. I’ve always wanted to see the beautiful beaches there and ride the rollercoasters that I’ve heard so much about.

What do you like to do in your spare time?

In my spare time I enjoy beading; it’s honestly become my addiction.

What are your plans for when you graduate, and why? What do you see yourself doing ten years from now?

I plan on going to university, getting my Bachelor of Arts degree, and then hopefully off to law school. In ten years, I hope to be working at a law firm or at a school teaching.

Do you have a role model? If so, who? And why?

I could name dozens of role models, but if I had to choose one, it would be my big sister. I always find myself wanting to be just like her. When I was growing up, I was nicknamed ‘tail’ because I would follow my sister everywhere (and drove her crazy, I might add.) But yes, she would be my role model; she’s a strong, caring tough cookie and I hope to grow up just like her.

What is your best memory from your high school years?

The best memory (and also the most horrible memory) of my high school years would probably be canoeing for the first time in my life. I can still remember that day like it was yesterday. My friend and I were messaging each other and we both said, “Do we wear jeans? I don’t want to sink.” Didn’t we both show up in jeans? We laughed at each other and shrugged it off. In the end, we actually tipped the canoe and I was practically floating away laughing my head off. What didn’t help was that our rescue boat broke down and we had to paddle it back to shore. I was so sore from laughing so much.

What is the best thing about your school? Who has made an impact on you?

The best thing about my school is that no one judges each other. I went to a school where people were constantly judging each other based on looks and the way they dressed. It’s so refreshing to be able to go to a school where you won’t be judged by the way you look/dress, but based on your personality (that’s how all schools should be). Another perk would be the teachers; if you need help they are always there and you can go in early to get the extra help if needed. 

Quite a few people made a huge impact on my life, my brother being the main one. He showed me to never give up on your dreams and to keep fighting, even when you feel like you lost hope. For that I thank him. He helped me a lot when I felt like giving up on school; my brother and my sister always giving me the extra push to keep going.

Is there something you’d like to see in your school or community that isn’t there now?

What I would love to see is an actual school built for Potlotek High School. That would be so awesome!

Words of advice, a personal favourite quote, or a thank-you?

Words of advice? Never give up. If the dream is there, keep fighting for it even when you feel like you lost hope. There have been so many times I felt like giving up, but I didn’t and now I’m graduating and going to a school I never would have thought I’d get accepted into. Never give up and always follow your dreams!

Thank you to everyone who has ever supported me and believed in me over the past years. Because of everyone who has ever believed in me, I’m graduating with a scholarship and going to the school I’ve always wanted to attend. Thank you!