Humans of Chelsea High
A Bleu Print project in partnership with CHS Writing for Publication and Photography classes, Humans of CHS seeks to spotlight the voices and perspectives of Chelsea's students and staff members.
“My mother taught me to have a work ethic, the importance of kindness, and to respect everyone."
“There is no such thing as a free lunch."
"If I could, I would give the whole world a clean bill of health, a soul-mate, and a rescued kitten."
"People should eat more food."
"No matter who you are, your attitude and effort decides your experience. Don't spend your life worrying, blaming, and making excuses. Man up, and attack the day!"
"Don’t ever forget the small things in life because that is what will make you happy when times are tough."
“The most influential person in my life was my previous band teacher, Lawrence P.H. Bradley, this is because he taught me to respect others and made me believe in positive reinforcement."
"I'm a tootsie pop. Hard outside, but gooey inside."
"My mom's life has not been an easy road and yet she still has this amazing outlook and is always there for me when I need her, so she's definitely a role model for me because I want to be a mom that has unconditional love and always be there for my kids. And I want to be there for my students, I like to be there to listen to them. I know that they're a person and I care about them as a person in ...
"Enjoy what you have now, before it goes."
"I find myself thinking about how we do and don’t use literature to spark conversations about issues of race and minority disenfranchisement in our society."
“Oh geez, do I really want the whole school to know I'm afraid of murder!”
"The person I look up to most is President Obama because in 8 years he accomplished a lot of social and economic change."
"Life is like your grandma's lasagna; you never know how it's going to turn out, but it will be okay."
"I'm afraid of… uh… Raw Food."
"I love my baby nephew more than anything else in the world!"
“The most valuable things in the world: one good friend, redheads, unconditional love, food and water-- chocolate shouldn't be, but there’s a reason that it was used as a ration in the book 1984--and cats and dogs, and anything fuzzy and furry to cuddle with.”
“It doesn't take much to live a happy life...all you need is a positive mindset; master your mind, master your life.”
“The people around me motivate me. I want to be a part of the team. I want to be a part of robotics. That's influenced me. Even though I don't conform, I still want to be part of a group. Robotics has been a big influence...Mostly what keeps me going is the want to create the next big thing. I want to help work on solar cars and bipedal robots. That stuff has always fascinated me.”...
"I want to be a student that helps Chelsea to be a better place. I think it's important to get good grades so the school looks good, and that's what I'm doing, but all of us also need to be more active in other students' lives, especially the ones who are depressed. That's why empathy and positivity are so important to me."
"I feel like I enjoy life all the time, no matter what's going on...I feel like a lot of people don't, and that makes me sad...in general, no matter where I am, I always want to enjoy life."
“My Girl Scout troop kept doing the same things over and over and over again. I got bored of it, so I left."
“I want the best for everyone; I want them to make the most out of their education and experiences in life…I’m not very judgmental, so I appreciate differences in different people--diverse ways of doing things--I appreciate what people bring to the table.”
“We are the sum of everything in our life. It's impossible to pick out one big influence. So, I have a quote wall in my bedroom, and there's more than one person quoted on that wall, and I believe that humans are a sum of all of the influences. I take anything. There's no one person. It's everything that I hear. All the transcendentalists and stuff, all of it is on the wall, anything that inspire...
"I think that everyday is a gift. Even when you are having a bad day, it's better than having no days. Everyday, I make a conscious decision to remind myself that today is an opportunity to interact with people--good people--to have success, and to share life."
“I want to get rid of animal cruelty, like how animals are killed for only their body parts or others are only hunted for sport, and how dogs are starved and left to die alone and sad, and how farm animals are raised just to be killed when they reach a certain age. I believe this should all stop.”
"I love to help people, whether it's homework in the media center or college applications up in the office. I think part of my role in this high school is being an adult that's not a teacher and not an administrator, but an adult you can go to...I think about others and what they go through, and that influences me a lot because we're always going through things. I try to realize that it's not about ...
“If I could change one thing about the world it would be to teach people to be accepting. It's insane to me that everyone cares about what everyone else does with their life. Specially at this age, we are high school students. We are paving our way through high school to get to the rest of our lives. When we leave Chelsea High School, none of this matters anymore. I just wish more people thought...
“I like to believe I'm really similar to people, but I don't let one failure set me down. I have to keep trying. I used to be terrible at math, and I used to think it was impossible to get an A in an Honors English class. But my perspective in that has changed because I've tried hard and actually gotten over failure. I just think it's important to have a growth mindset.”...
"I do theatre because, it's like you get to step into someone else's shoes for awhile, and in the process you get the chance to look at things in new perspectives."
"I highly recommend cruises, especially for single women. Like seriously, my key to this is finding the highest deck of the boat, going to it at sunset, just looking longingly somewhere long enough for someone to find me, and then I’ll go on a romantic adventure. I have had nothing but success with that method."
"I set a high academic and personal expectations for my students. I want them to be respectful and considerate of everyone, no matter what. I want them to challenge themselves, yet at the same time allow themselves permission to make mistakes without excessively worrying. I want them to be reflective and thoughtful every day."
"When I was younger, I traveled across the country with my friends. We barely stayed in any hotels, we planned it all out so we could stay with people we knew, with no GPS or anything like that. People should do that when they can. I really try to open teens' eyes to the world, and traveling can do that very well. I mean, there are seven billion people, can you even imagine? People should see outsid...