My name is Micah Joy Gastineau. I was born in Flagstaff, Arizona and spent the first six years of my life in Williams, Arizona. My family, which consists of my mother, Noreen; my father, Rick, and my sister, Molly, moved to North Carolina in 2006, with six cats and one dog in the wrong moving truck.
One of my favorite things in the world is the Twilight Saga. The books and the movies and the soundtracks; it’s all so magical to me and will continue to be until I am gone from this plane of existence. Along with Twilight I also enjoy other movies like Titanic (1997) and The Great Gatsby (2013). Yes, recently I have come to realize that Leonardo DiCaprio is one of the most brilliant actors I have ever watched.
My absolute favorite thing in the world to do is make others laugh; it brings me immense joy to know that something I did or said made someone smile or completely break down in hysterics. I have made myself look like a complete fool many times trying to do just that.
I was brought up in a home where music was always playing. I like pretty much everything that’s offered in music. I do, however, have a special place in my heart for musicals. I think my first favorite song was “All that Jazz” from Chicago. More recently, however, my favorites have been The Greatest Showman and Hamilton (duh!). There is always someone singing in my house.
SCHOOL: Early College EAST High School
NAME: Micah Joy Gastineau
PLANS FOR NEXT YEAR: I’ve been accepted into nursing school and will be working towards fulfilling my dream of becoming a certified nurse midwife.
WHAT IS THE MOST CHALLENGING TASK AS A SENIOR: The most challenging task as a senior is balancing all of the responsibilities that come with it; right now I have three classes to study for, but I am also writing my speech for the graduation ceremony and I’m applying for scholarships and I’m getting all of the items needed for graduation like stoles and cords. It is difficult to slow down when you barely have time to think.
WHAT ADVICE DO YOU HAVE FOR UNDER CLASSMEN: The best piece of advice I could give to under classmen is to make time for yourself among all of the work that seems to pile up every day; it is easy to become defined by your academic life, and it is important to differentiate the student-you from the person-you.
WHAT HAS BEEN THE HIGHLIGHT OF YOUR SENIOR YEAR: After five months of class and clinical, I took my state exam and gained my nursing assistant certification. It felt like the world was lifted from my shoulders after seeing that all of my hard work had truly paid off in such a tangible way.
WHERE DO YOU SEE YOURSELF IN 10 YEARS: I do not like to plan that far ahead because I feel that God has already planned that out, so why should I worry about it? But, nonetheless, I like to dream about my future as a way to motivate myself. When I think about the next ten years, I see a career as a nurse midwife where I bring lives into this world and inspire women to understand the miraculous process of pregnancy and labor. I see myself married with children, however many, and financially stable, finding happiness every day in the things I have passion and love for.
WHO IS THE MOST INFLUENTIAL PERSON IN YOUR LIFE AND WHY: My grandmother passed away this Valentine’s Day, and, recently, when I’ve had to make a decision, I have found myself wondering what she would want for me. She talked a lot about how she never had the opportunities I have right now pertaining to my education and my being a woman. I know that she wants me to experience everything this world has for me, and if that means making a fool of myself along the way, I’m fine with that. She was the one who inspired me to do this even though I was pretty freaked out at first.
I AM MOST UNIQUE BECAUSE: I am a writer, through and through; I find it cathartic to be able to put every word in my head down on a single piece of paper and then have my mind be completely empty. Being a writer allows me to relate to others in a way that many people cannot; I make it a personal goal to make sure people feel less alone in the world once they have met me. I am also really good at reading people and what they are feeling, so, along with the writing, I am able to empathize with people in a way so many others cannot even imagine.
WHAT IS THE ONE QUOTE YOU LIVE BY: This one is a toss-up; my mind first went to the verse of Jeremiah 29:11, which says “’For, I know the plans I have for you’, declares the Lord, ‘plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future”, but then a quote that I often go back to is one by Oscar Wilde which says, “We are all in the gutter, but some of us are looking at the stars”. Both of these quotes remind me that even in suffering, there is more to life than just right now.
WHAT ARE 5 THINGS YOU VALUE MOST IMPORTANT AT THIS POINT IN YOUR LIFE:
My charisma; I pride myself quite the charmer.
My intensity; I like to feel emotions completely, whether it be happiness or sadness or anger or joy. I like the theatricality of it all.
I do not lie; I tell the truth, even when I know it’s going to hurt. I just feel it is better to be honest with yourself and those around you than lie and string them along some ridiculous path.
I value the people in my life who have led me to follow Jesus; I became a born again Christian when I was fifteen, and then fully gave my heart to Jesus when I was eighteen. I honestly do not think I could be living the life I am without God at my side every step of the way.
I value the way I was raised; my parents were never strict. My sister and I were allowed to roam freely (or pretty much so at least) around our childhoods, we got to learn lessons the hard way when we were ten and did not think one step ahead of us. I was never sheltered from the world, and I think that has everything to do with the fact that it takes a lot for me to truly judge someone.
IF YOU COULD MOVE ANYWHERE IN THE WORLD, WHERE WOULD IT BE AND WHY: I would move to Rome. I have romanticized this part of the world so much in my life it would truthfully be a sin to put any other answer. Rome just – it seems like nothing bad could happen there (anymore haha). And it has SO MUCH history to discover and absorb.
WHAT IS THE ONE THING YOUR CLASSMATES STILL DON'T KNOW ABOUT YOU AFTER ALL THIS TIME: Although it may seem like it, I rarely ever have my life together. This past semester I have felt like life tied me to the back of a car and just started dragging me on with it.
WHICH YEAR OF HIGH SCHOOL WAS YOUR FAVORITE: It has got to be my senior year. That year I took chemistry I and II and I found out I’m really good at it. Also, that year college was still down the road and I wasn’t constantly thinking about scholarships and dead-lines. I liked the excitement of the end without the commitment of the future.
IF YOU WERE STRANDED ON A DESERTED ISLAND AND COULD ONLY TAKE ONE ITEM WITH YOU, WHAT WOULD IT BE?: That would either have to be an iPod that never ran out of juice so I could live my days out foraging with a good soundtrack in the background, or my next read The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald because I find the 1920s such an interesting time in human history.