Damaeri Alvarado is a junior at Foley High School in the graduating class of 2020. She is a positive and outgoing young lady who strives to achieve success in every aspect of her life. If she is not burning off her eyelashes doing homework for her AP classes, then she is graciously helping her clubs, bringing joy to the community.
What is your best memory?
My best memory so far is when I fell in love with a complete stranger in a span of six hours when I went on vacation to Honduras. It was my uncle’s birthday, and my grandmother had planned to spend the last weekend before I came back where he lives celebrating his birthday. The problem with that was that I had already made plans with a special someone where my grandma lived. Reluctantly, I packed my things, and we left on a 3-hour journey to meet my prince charming.
On Friday, we celebrated my uncle’s birthday and on Saturday we went to a church event. On Saturday, when we got to the destination, this guy came up to my uncle and cousin. My first thoughts was that I was thinking of that special someone I had left behind and he looked older than me, which was so completely out of my league. (As teenagers, we mostly focus on physical appearances instead what a person is like within, and this happens to me quite often.) But with him, I could only see him as my cousin’s and uncle’s friend, so I solely focused on his personality. His attentiveness with me, his sense of humor, how he presented and carried himself, and how affectionate he was all added to me learning the value of acknowledging what a person holds true to themselves and how they treat others. I now consider this to be the standard I hold on how someone should treat me. And that’s how I fell in love in six hours.
As an update, we’re good friends now. But he did tell me he was also fond of me as well—
What is one story that your parents always tell about you?
One day, I thought that maybe baking was my calling. So I began my journey into the baking world by baking a cake. When it was time to take it out of the oven, I placed the cake on top of the stove to inspect it. It looked close to perfection, so I ran into the room to get the phone to take a picture. But when I came back, the cake was as flat as the bottom of the tray. That’s when I realized culinary school was not the place for me.
What do you like to do in your spare times?
I am still a child and there’s nothing more I love to do more than crafts. I feel that nowadays everything is all about instant gratification, and we don’t appreciate the things that we have because it hasn’t cost us any effort. In doing crafts, you are able to learn different skills such as defeat (not everything will come out perfect all the time), patience (it takes going through a process), and self-improvement (you learn what you can do better next time).
What traits do you want to have in a friend?
Friendships need love, loyalty, trust, honesty, comprehension, and compassion. Friendships aren’t one-sided, so you will only have friends like this when you are like this yourself as well.
What is the best advice I would give to a 10-year-old you?
In a society that prematurely assigns how we should be, what to wear, how and when to smile, who to hang out with, how to speak and how to act, etc., people forget that being themselves is a greater challenge than just not fitting in. Therefore, if I could give a 10-year-old me advice, it would be to love yourself no matter what other people think. It’s been hard but I’ve finally understood that.
What is an experience that has made you a stronger you?
The pressure and responsibility of school, church, and simply being a girl have made me stronger, because every experience is a token of wisdom. It’s taught me not to back down or give up, and that life isn’t always easy. You have to work towards what you want, and you soon realize that everything requires a sacrifice.
What extracurricular activities do you do?
I have been in AFJROTC, Key Club, and been sophomore secretary. I am presently in NHS, NTHS, FEC, Newspaper, and a HR representative.
What do you plan to after high school?
After high school, I plan to go to Andrews University in Michigan for two years and then go to Montemorelos University in Mexico for two years. I will minor in finance and major in International Business.
How are you going to achieve that?
I turn to my teachers as advisors for my future, since they have been through this process already. I am in contact with those universities and studying for my standard test. And I also practice good habits, so that they can be instilled in me to help me in the future.
What are you doing to achieve that?
I’ve taken AP classes since freshman year to get adapted to the rigorous work that I will experience in college. I have an A- average in all my classes because I try to be responsible, not procrastinate, and stay on task. I’m also taking the right measures to be successful in my standard test. And overall, I ask God in prayer to help me through everything. “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.” Philippians 4:13.