Alyssa Aligood is a senior at Foley High School and a member of the graduating class of 2019. In her free time, she likes to take photographs and write. She has been a member of Foley’s Mighty Band from Lion Land all four years of high school.
What are your post graduation plans?
I plan to attend the University of Mobile and major in journalism communications. Writing has been my passion for as long as I can remember. I am super excited for the future.
Who would you like to thank and why?
I have two people I would like to thank. First, I would like to thank my dad. He has been there for me through the toughest of times. He always knows just what to say when I am in need of advice. He truly is my best friend. Last but not least, I want to thank my boyfriend Zach. He never gave up on me and always lifted my spirits. He found me when I was severely depressed and self harming. I knew that he wouldn’t like me doing any of that anymore, and thus he helped me better myself. He was there for me through everything, and over the years, we have grown together, and I am so very happy that I still get to have him by my side.
The best advice I would give 10-year-old me would be?
I would tell 10-year-old me to just do it… you’re going to do it anyways, and you’re still gonna get in trouble for it. Live and have fun. Listen to your parent’s advice! I know you’ll find them annoying at times but hear them out.
What do you miss about being a kid?
I miss being able to come home after school and slinging myself onto my bed to take a nap. Adulting is hard whenever you have to choose whether or not you need to go to work or if you want to call in sick. I miss walking around the block with my friends too. I do NOT miss whenever I would not catch the school bus and have to wake my mom up to tell her… It was a scary, scary time.
What story does your family always tell about you?
My family always tell the story from when I was nine years old and got kicked by a horse. Long story short, I got backed into a tree by a horse named Willow, and he kicked me. He busted my chin open, and ever since then, I have had the nickname “chinstrap.” The majority of everyone at school knows about it, but if you didn’t, you just learned something new. I still have the scar under my chin.
What was an experience that made you a stronger person?
It was a difficult process for me to move out of my mom’s house. I desperately wanted to move in with my dad but she kept refusing. After four years of begging, she finally allowed me to move in with him. I am here now, and for that, I am forever thankful.
Who has inspired you the most over your four years of high school?
Over my four years of high school, I would have to say that my step mom Candace has inspired me the most. She is so hardworking and always makes the time to have a quick talk about my life problems. Candace never gives up, and that is something that really inspires me. I love her to death.
If you could learn to do anything what would it be?
I would love to learn how to be able to hold my tongue in certain situations. It is often hard for me to be quiet at serious moments. I am working on it… slowly but surely.
Tell us about the friends you’ve made during your high school career.
I was brand new to the Foley area when I moved here my freshman year. One girl, Jasmine Arness, immediately befriended me. We don’t talk much anymore, but I was and am still very thankful for her. She made me feel a part of everything when no one else did. I also met someone super important to me my sophomore year; my boyfriend. Junior year, I started getting close with Bethany Elliot and Lydia Richmond. They have been my rocks ever since. I know I can tell those two anything and trust them with my life. Senior year, I met lots of great people and I still continue making new friends.
What is the best advice you’d give a high school freshman?
Have fun! High school goes by so fast. I know you’ll hear that from everyone, and you won’t believe it or even care, but it’s true. High school literally flashed before my eyes. As a freshman, I hated this school and could not wait for every day to be over, but here I am now, three years later, regretting all the chances I didn’t take. Join clubs and come to school. Don’t let your grades slip up, because it’s easy for your grade to drop, but it is a lot harder trying to bring your grade back up. Enjoy everything throughout high school, make friends, and get out of your comfort zone a little bit.