Jackson Mueller is a senior at Foley High School in the class of 2020. He is involved in band and RPG club. He works at Pirate’s Cove and has been since he was ten. His favorite classes are math, science, and art. If he won the lottery, he would try to only spend ¼ of it and save or invest the rest. He is the kind of person that wants to help others instead of himself.
Name some people who had a big influence on the person you have become?
Some of the people who have been the biggest influences on me would be my parents and my cousin Zack. They are good and hard-working people, and I strive to be more like them. I know I have my flaws, and they have their’s, but a recent influence I have had was my mom telling me, “You need to know your flaws, internalize them, and move on from them.” I am trying to internalize things more now.
Who would I like to thank and why?
I would like to thank my parents for dealing with my insufferable self and doing their best to lead me to an even better life than I have now. They help provide my drive and dedication. When I wanted to do martial arts, my dad took me to Jujitsu and that helped me control my personal impulses.
The best advice I would give a 10-year-old me would be?
The advice I would give younger me would be to keep on keeping on. That’s the same thing my family has been telling me for years. I would also tell him to pay attention to the world around him.
What’s your favorite outdoor/indoor activity and why?
My favorite outdoor activity is mudding on my ATV. I don’t go often, but when I do, it’s a blast. I use to do it on a small dirt bike. When I and my cousin went to a cow pasture, where we go to in order to hunt, we came back to the cabin covered head to toe in mud and cow manure.
What do you miss most about being a kid?
The thing I miss the most would have to be a lack of responsibility along with the carefree attitude. I really miss most things about being a kid.
Where will you go after graduation?
So far my plan is to go straight to UAH. I have already been accepted, and I am applying for a 25% merit scholarship. After that I’m going to work in my field until I can just work at home on the computer wherever I decide to live.
What motivates you?
There are dozens of things that motivate me to keep going. Number one on that list always has and always will be my friends and family. They encourage me to do better to keep going to be the best I can be. They are the only reason I keep going when I get struck down, and for that, I am eternally grateful.
How have you changed the most?
I was very shy and timid. Now I am an outgoing and friendly person with a bit of a mean streak. I am not sure what others see that has changed, but I know I will keep changing as time goes on. Change is inevitable.
What is your biggest struggle?
My biggest struggle would from pk-4 to 8th grade, I could not read at all. I have severe dyslexia and some A.D.D., which made it hard to try and read and even harder to learn too. In my first year of high school, my friends introduced me to Watt Pad, which was full of books that would ensnare me. Through that, I was finally able to focus on learning to read.
How will you choose to live?
I will choose to be responsible but fun. I will be the voice of reason at certain times but also the wild one at others. I see both of these as two sides of the same coin.