This week’s Student Feature Friday is senior Jayden Seto. It is very apparent from talking to Jayden that he has a clearly articulated plan for the future, a plan that he has worked hard to create. As soon as a conversation with Jayden begins, it is hard to miss the maturity and self-awareness he exudes. Jayden is a self-described conversationalist and has found a path that will leverage his strengths and love of interacting with people, combined with a passion for politics. Next year he plans to attend Norwich University, participate in the ROTC program and major in political science. After graduation he looks forward to law school and feels that his time spent working with Mr. Marsden during his senior internship this year has solidified his decision to practice law.
In addition to his senior internship, Jayden dedicated a portion of the school year to designing and creating a website geared towards helping students understand the political arena and educate themselves on the different political parties in the United States. The project encountered its challenges along the way but Jayden persevered and felt it was a huge learning opportunity for himself. He has a bright future for himself in law and politics and looks forward to continuing to develop his leadership skills so that he can help others along the way.
Q: Earlier in the year you completed a senior project, creating a website to inform students of different political views of each party. Can you provide a little background on the website, what you were hoping to accomplish and why this project resonated with you?
A: When I elected to do a senior project, I knew that I must do something exciting that would also help better Holliston High school. One way I was able to personally connect with a wide range of people, is through American politics. I had the opportunity to take the lead in making something that I am passionate about. My ultimate goal was giving the students of Holliston High School a way to formulate their own political opinions during such a turbulent time in American politics. Although that was my goal, unfortunately, I am not able to push this project further or keep it to date, because I am graduating and cannot find students that are willing to continue this project.
Q: During our conversation I was struck by how clearly you were able to articulate your vision for the future. How did your internship with Mr. Marsden affect your desire to study law?
A: Working at my Internship with Mr. Jay Marsden was one of the best learning experiences I have had in my high school career. Articulating the future is one of the most important things anyone can have; it allows you to choose your own future, and do what you want to do. This internship helped me to look toward the future and see what I want to do for the majority of my life.
Q: How did you develop such strong self-advocacy and leadership skills during your high school career?
A: Although I have a learning disability, I was able to compensate in areas that I wasn’t as strong in. I also learned how to self-advocate for my needs in order to gain access to all of what our educational system offers. Leadership, leadership is a whole different ball game. Leadership skills are something that some people are born with, and others need to learn over time. I don’t see myself as a leader, but I have an undeniable thirst for learning and trying new things – if that entails taking charge and being a leader, then that is what I will do.
Q: What advice would you have for other students who are still trying to identify their passion/area of interest?
A: The best advice I can give other people, is to go out and meet new people. If you know what you want to do, go out and meet different types of people within the field/with the same interests. You never know, one/some of these people might end up helping you in your endeavors/open up doors, teaching/showing you things you did not know, or being your colleague/boss.