Chloee Jaworski – Michigan Nomination & Photography by Melonie Marie Photography Issue 63 of Inspiring Teens Magazine
Nomination: Chloee Jaworski is an inspiring teen with drive, determination, and desire to serve! She opted for rigorous courses of AP and dual enrollment classes, and secured employment at a vision center to gain experience and knowledge to reach her goal of becoming an optometrist. Chloee seeks opportunities to be a leader and positive role model. She’s been a class officer, NHS VP, Rotary Interact President, peer mentor, and organized events for children in her community. Currently, she’s training to be a yoga instructor to help youth appreciate its health benefits. Compassion and focus on giving are evident by her actions!
Tell us about your AP and dual enrollment classes. I have taken 10 different AP and dual enrollment courses over the past two years. I am currently taking a dual enrollment Biology, and Advanced Placement Calculus. I love that these classes both challenge me to work harder and be more responsible. They help me prepare and put me ahead in my college courses.
Why do you work so hard in your education? I work so hard on my education because I know what I am learning now is going to prepare me for my future career.
What is your favorite class this year, and what is the most fascinating thing you've learned? My favorite class is calculus. Not because it is easy but instead because it is hard. It pushes me out of my comfort zone, and makes me work hard to be successful. It has made me realize that I’m not bad at math. I just have to put extra time in to be good at it.
What made you decide to become an optometrist? As I was looking for career options, I was encouraged by my family and by my counselor to set up some job shadows to get first hand experience of what some of the jobs I was interested in were like. I reached out to my personal optometrist, and she gladly offered for me to come in for a day. After that day, I immediately knew that was what I wanted to become.
What is your best leadership quality? My best leadership quality is that I always try to give people the benefit of the doubt. Good leaders believe in the people they work with. I try to gather as many facts about a situation as possible before making a decision.
What do you love about being a role model for others? I mostly love being a role model for young children. They are very impressionable, and young girls need good role models to show them that they can grow up to be anything that they want to be.
What events do you plan for the children in your community? Last year, I started planning events for children in my community through Rotary Interact at my school. Since then, I have organized a reading group for students in our elementary during march is reading month, an ice cream social for our community’s Fourth of July festival, Christmas cookie decorating during our towns Christmas in the village celebration, and a hand washing day in the early elementary to teach hygiene and how to keep our bodies healthy.
What have you learned about yourself in the process? I have learned that I’m not always the best at delegating responsibilities. It often seems easier to do things without asking for help, but that isn’t necessarily the most efficient way to get things done. There are always parts of ourselves that we need to work on and delegating is one of my focuses this year.
How did you find and why did you choose Melonie Marie Photography for your photographer? I have known Melonie since I was a little girl. Her kids went to elementary school when I did and in the same school that I did. She took pictures of me and my family from a young age. She always makes me feel comfortable and like I can be myself but at the same time step out of my comfort zone.
What was your experience like? What did you love most about it? My experience was such an amazing day. It was like being with a friend and having fun, but she also taught me things as we went throughout the day. Little tips about being in photos that I might not have otherwise thought about.
What does your mental health committee do to help others? My school's mental health committee is just starting up this year, so far we have left encouraging notes to all students, but we have more ideas in order to incorporate more positivity throughout our school and teach coping mechanisms to all students to help with anxiety and stress, both during and outside of school.
What do you think is the biggest mental health issue among your peers and what is a solution that would help? I think that anxiety has become a huge issue among my peers because of our easy access to social media. This causes a lot of comparison. It can lead us to believe our lives need to be perfect all the time and when they aren’t, it triggers stress and anxiety.
Tell us more about the impact yoga can have on your well being. Yoga has many benefits. It helps decrease stress, anxiety, and depression, and can also have positive impacts on your physical health, like boosting your immune system.
What is something about yoga that people who don't do yoga may not realize? I think that something a lot of people wouldn’t know about yoga is that it works all parts of your body. It encourages mental and physical connection in a way that alleviates stress and anxiety while also getting a full body workout in.
Look for Chloee in issue 63 of Inspiring Teens Magazine!