Bryan Colley is a junior at Foley High School in the graduating class of 2020. After school, Bryan likes to be with friends and eat fast food(even though it isn’t healthy, it’s just too good to give up!) Bryan works at the LULU’S Arcade, and he really finds working enjoyable. Bryan is originally from Selma, AL, and moved at the age of seven to Foley, AL, and hasn’t left because of the beauty of the beaches and the people he met and became friends with.
Q:What are your post graduation plans?
A: My post graduation plans are to work and save up money for two years. After I save, I will attempt to get my Associates Degree and then I will attempt to get my Bachelors Degree.
Q:What was an experience that made you a stronger person?
A: An experience that made me a stronger person would have to be the passing of my mother from a tumor when I was seven years old. Her death forced me to deal with death at a very early age and down the line, it would force me to change how I deal with my emotions. It made me stronger and made me realize that life is sacred.
Q: Who would you like to thank and why?
A: I would like to thank my mom for giving birth to me, my dad for guiding me down these roads, and my brothers for letting me stay straight on that path. I would also like to thank my friends for always being with me, supporting me, and helping me want to continue on this weird thing we call life. I would also thank my girlfriend for being with me for nearly a year and a half. Thank you for loving me, the true me… I really thank you.
Q: Name some people who had a big influence on the person you have become.
A: Some people who have had a big influence on me would have to be my girlfriend who has always supported me and been there for me, and my brothers who have talked me through some depressing moments and helped me see the lighter side. My dad was also a big influence for showing what hard work is and also my friends for helping me love and believe in myself. So many people have had an impact on my life, and I couldn’t possibly list them here, but thank you all so much.
Q: If you had to work on only one project for the next year, what would it be?
A: If I had to work on only one project next year, it would probably be a thank you to the people in my life and those who no longer are. The project would be a way to say thank you for being here with me and appreciating all that they do and have done for me. It would probably be some kind of gift with a thank you letter and in memory of those who have passed, I would make them something that they would have liked.
Q:If you could witness any event past, present or future, what would it be?
A: If I could witness any event in the past, present, or future, I would visit my mom and tell her that I love her, I miss her ,and that I appreciate what she has done for me. After her passing when I was seven, I realized I didn’t know anything about her, so I would probably ask her about me as a baby and what she liked and what she enjoyed doing. I would also ask her about the rest of my family the ones I lost contact with after she passed.
Q: If you won the lottery, what is the first thing you would do?
A: If I won the lottery the first thing I would do is pay off all the debt in my family, and I would make sure that everyone in my family is sitting comfortably and is okay financially. After paying off everyone’s debts, I would fix my car and get some body work done. After that, I would pay for some repairs of my grandmother’s house which I am currently staying at.
Q: What did you do growing up that got you into trouble?
A: One thing that I did growing up that got me in trouble would be talking . I would talk and never stop, so my teachers had to sit me in time out or tell my dad about what I was doing during class. I just enjoyed talking to my friends and I couldn’t stand being quite. I was such an energetic child, and now I have no idea where all of that energy went.
Q: What do you miss most about being a kid?
A: The thing that I miss the most about being a kid would be time, because time felt infinite but now feels so limited and close to ending. I know I am only seventeen, but it feels like my life is flying by and I’m scared that I will lose contact with my friends and my family. I have to realize that life will always be moving, I need to get used to the pace.
Q: The best advice I would give a 10-year-old me would be?
A: The best advice I would give 10-year-old me would probably be to keep trying and never give up no matter how hard it got. You are not alone and indeed, it will get better. I dealt with a lot of loneliness as a child, and I also dealt with a lot of mental struggles. Even today, I am still dealing with them, but I have an amazing friend group and an amazing girlfriend. I realize I am so lucky to have them.