Tori Waters graduated from Westfield High School in 2013. She graduated from Ball State University last December with a degree in Elementary Education and a minor in psychology and counseling. She resides in New Mexico and is a kindergarten teacher.
Q: What was your favorite subject in high school?
A: I had a passion for English. There was always something about reading and writing that spoke to me. To this day, I still have a passion for reading and writing, and I have my experiences with English classes to thank for that.
Q: Do you remember your most influential high school class or teacher?
A: The most influential person to me in high school was not actually a teacher. Without a doubt, it was the school nurse Rebecca West. Without her, high school would have been far harder for me than it was. Rebecca was my saving grace during my time at Westfield High School due to my cystic fibrosis. Every sick day, she was there. Every bad day, she was there. She was my backbone in high school, and I can’t begin to thank her enough.
Q: Were you involved in any teams or clubs in high school? What was your favorite part about that?
A: You bet I was! Choir. I know, I know. Choir, you say? It was the best escape for me. I have always had a passion for music, and choir fulfilled that passion. It was my favorite point of every single day in high school and I wouldn’t trade that time for the world. I made so many friends and wonderful memories there.
Q: What do you miss about high school?
A: After being in the real world, high school was easy.Seeing my friends every day was something I took for granted and what I miss most. Living so far away from everything I have ever known has been quite an adjustment, and I would give anything to have that time with friends back again.
Q: What would you say is your dream job?
A: For as long as I can remember, teaching was what I dreamed of. I am living my dream job every day of my life, and I couldn’t be more grateful for everyone who helped me get here.
Q: What is your next step since you graduated?
A: Since graduation, I have lived a full life. I went to my dream college, graduated early, landed my dream job, moved and married my wonderful high school sweetheart, Blake Waters. It has been a whirlwind as we started a new life together out in New Mexico, but it has been rewarding. I am a military spouse, which was something I thought I would never be saying when we started dating my junior year of high school. But it is everything I have dreamed of. The next step for me is starting a new school year with new kindergarteners and starting a family with my husband.
Q: Do you have any advice for kids going into high school or college?
A: Never let anyone make you feel inferior. You are so worthy. Life only gets better after high school. But don’t let it pass you by quickly. While life is better after, it goes much faster. Take time to slow down and enjoy every minute of your high school career. As you move forward to college, follow your dreams. College is the time to be whom you have always dreamed of being. Never look back. The world is waiting for you.