Bertie High School - Charity Riddick-Mullen
WITN Class of 2021
Hi, my name is Charity Riddick-Mullen, I’m currently a senior at Bertie High School, graduating in June. I am also a student at Martin Community College. This upcoming fall, I plan to attend North Carolina Central University. I was born in Kinston, but raised in Ahoskie, NC. During my leisure time, I like to read and listen to music. I also like watching tv, some of my favorite shows being Criminal Minds and Law and Order: SVU. When I’m not reading or watching tv, I love spending time with my family, as they mean the world to me. Lastly, I also have this weird obsession with monkeys, particularly orangutans
Bertie High School
PLANS FOR NEXT YEAR:
I plan to be attending North Carolina Central University. I also plan to figure out what it is I want to do with my future, starting with my major.
WHAT IS THE MOST CHALLENGING TASK AS A SENIOR:
I would say that the most challenging task as a senior is staying motivated and pushing through to the end. Being a senior comes with a lot of pressure from your peers and administrators. It is easy to become frustrated and stressed out from all the tasks and responsibilities you must endure all at once. Being that I had to stay home because of Covid-19 really made it no better. You have people constantly in your ear, telling you things you already know, and it becomes irritating. It felt like I had no time to breath, like things kept piling up more and more.
WHAT ADVICE DO YOU HAVE FOR UNDER CLASSMEN:
For underclassmen, especially freshmen, I would say to not play around when it comes to doing your schoolwork as your freshman year contributes a lot to your gpa. It is extremely hard to pull your gpa up, but it is easy for your gpa to go down. Also, cherish your freshman and sophomore year because once it is gone, it is not getting it back. Once you become a junior and senior, that is when the real work begins, it can be frustrating. So, I say enjoy your freshman and sophomore year because time is ticking and before you know it, you are going to be walking across the stage, stepping into your future.
WHAT HAS BEEN THE HIGHLIGHT OF YOUR SENIOR YEAR:
The highlight of my senior year would have to be seeing all the schools I got accepted into. It feels good to see what schools appreciate the work I have accomplished and to see them keep sending emails because they want me to join their school. It feels good to be wanted. But the best highlight would have to be me finally choosing what school I wanted to go to. Being that I am undecided, it took me a minute to decide on what school I wanted to attend but once I picked it, my room, and roommate, it feels as if I am one step closer to adulthood (not rushing it though).
WHERE DO YOU SEE YOURSELF IN 10 YEARS:
Honestly, I do not know where I see myself in 10 years, and that is just me being realistic. It is hard to say where I see myself. As of right now, I am still trying to figure out what I am going to do in college, what I am going to major in, and what I am going to do after college. So, to say I plan to see myself being a successful doctor or teacher with kids and a husband would be a complete lie because I do not know and honestly, I am fine with that. However, I do hope to have a successful job (dealing with the major I get a degree in). Also, I hope to be able to travel as that is one of my main goals in life.
WHO IS THE MOST INFLUENTIAL PERSON IN YOUR LIFE AND WHY:
The most influential person in my life would have to be my sister, Destiny Mullen. She has shown that no matter what you go through, you can overcome it and be better than what you have endured. She constantly shows me that life has more to offer and that I should not let those challenges and obstacles stop me. Not only that but my sister allows me to see what kind of person she is. She bends over backwards for me and it makes me want to do the same for her and others. She has opened my eyes to so many things and even has taught me life lessons.
I AM MOST UNIQUE BECAUSE:
I would say I am most unique because of my personality. Once you get to know me, you will come to see I am probably nothing of what you have assumed. Everyone who knows me knows I have a happy and joyful personality. I am always laughing, and I like to stay with positive energy. Not only that but I am a kind and caring person. I tend to put others’ needs before my own and if you ever need help, all you have to do is ask. I do not mind being there for others. I have always treated others the way I want to be treated. My personality is what makes me who I am. When you are around me, you are sure to laugh and have fun.
WHAT IS THE ONE QUOTE YOU LIVE BY:
“You only live once”
WHAT ARE 5 THINGS YOU VALUE MOST IMPORTANT AT THIS POINT IN YOUR LIFE:
- My family
IF YOU COULD MOVE ANYWHERE IN THE WORLD, WHERE WOULD IT BE AND WHY:
If my younger self were asked this question, I would have said Florida, but answering this question now I do not know. First, I want to travel the world as I love sightseeing. I think getting to know and learn different customs and cultures would be amazing. So, then after I am done traveling, can I truly answer this question. But for right now, I would like to move somewhere warm, where it is not always cold, and most likely in the city. I like riding the highways, looking at all the tall buildings, and walking down the street full of places and people.
WHAT IS THE ONE THING YOUR CLASSMATES STILL DON’T KNOW ABOUT YOU AFTER ALL THIS TIME:
Honestly, I think my classmates know everything that I know about myself. If it is anything, I guess it would be my bad memory. You can tell me to do something tomorrow and in the next 30 minutes, I already forgot. I must set reminders and notes because without them I forget. Even things that are important for myself, I still have to set reminders.
WHICH YEAR OF HIGH SCHOOL WAS YOUR FAVORITE:
I would have to say that my freshman year was my favorite. During freshman year, my eyes were opened to so many things, good and bad. It helped me prepare for the rest of my following years. Not only that but during freshman year, my classes were fun and funny, especially with the upperclassmen. Having classes with upperclassmen had their bad moments, but overall, they made the classes I had fun and bearable. Not only were my peers a factor but my teachers were a blessing as well. It is going to be sad to have to leave them behind, but I will always have respect for them and cherish the bond I had with them. My freshman year was filled with so much laughter and joy. I wish I could go back there again.
IF YOU WERE STRANDED ON A DESERTED ISLAND AND COULD ONLY TAKE ONE ITEM WITH YOU, WHAT WOULD IT BE:
If stranded on a deserted island, I would take something I could play music off over, so mostly likely my phone. Music is one thing that calms my nerves and keeps me entertained. It helps me gather my thoughts. Music would be the only thing that would help me from going insane. Music is very relatable and helps express my emotions. I am able to cry to music, laugh to music, dance to music, sing to music, etc. It allows me to express whatever I am going through which makes it ten times better. Anything that I could play music from would be what I would take.
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