Nathaniel Zelinko is a senior at Foley High School. He has been in the Foley band for four years in a row, and he is the only bass guitar player in the entire band. He loves music, his friends, and learning about anything that has an engine in it.
What is your favorite time of the day/week/or month and why?
My favorite time of the month would have to be December; ever since I was young, I have always loved cold weather. I don’t exactly know why I love the feeling of cold weather, but it’s just such an exciting feeling when I’m with my friends and the winter weather is taking over the season.
Who would you like to thank?
I would love to thank Jimmy O Cain, David Samuel, and Carl Major for teaching me more about music than anyone else ever could and making my high school experience and high schools summers so memorable and amazing. I would also love to thank George Minoso for being the best and funniest teacher in all of my high school years.
If you could meet anyone, living or dead, who would you choose?
Well, I would choose my great-grandfather on my dad’s side. He was a Czechoslovakian immigrant. He was born in 1892 and immigrated to Chicago when he was only 13 years old. I would ask him many questions about who his parents were, what was it like in Europe in the 1890s and 1900s, and why they decided to leave to come to America.
If you won the lottery, what is the first thing you would do?
If I won the lottery, I’d give most of it to my parents and keep a small sum for myself. Then I would donate some of my money to St. Jude, and I would probably buy my first car back and fix it up like brand new. I absolutely loved that car, I mean, who doesn’t love their first car? I know for a fact I sure loved my car even if its 27 years old.
What do you miss the most about being a kid?
I miss not worrying about life, just being emotionally free and away from harsh reality, to a point of course; I just miss being “too young to understand.” I loved playing outside and enjoying my imagination.
If you could witness any event past, present, or future, what would it be?
I would witness the death of Julius Caesar. I am fascinated with history, and I think the witnessing the death of the most Roman emperor that was viewed as a God by most citizens then and caused the death of Jesus Christ would be interesting.
If you could learn anything what would it be?
I would learn how to write music and songs, since I love it when I see potential in people that play music and write their own songs. I just wish I could make music at all really. I have a lot of ideas in my head, but I can’t put the music in my own hands.
The best advice I would give my 10-year-old me would be?
I would tell myself “you will be fine, you will make it like everyone else.” I would also tell myself that life will always go on no matter what happens; it doesn’t slow down or stop for anything, so just go with it and try to be strong.
What are your extracurricular activities?
I don’t do all that much. Sometimes I get together with my music friends and jam together and attempt to write music. I also help out my father with mechanic work and learn from him what I can about cars and how they work, doing small things like oil changes, timing belt/chain replacements, etc.
What’s your favorite indoor-outdoor activity and why?
My favorite indoor-outdoor activity would have to be just generally being around my friends. I just love being surrounded by my group of friends, because I feel like I can be more of myself and talk more around them.