By: Sophia Stunkard
As you walk down the halls of Jenks High School, you pass hundreds of people with stories waiting to be told. Here, I will be sharing the story of Sophie Guy, 12, a runner, videographer, and overall a sweet human being. Below, Guy will reflect on some of her favorite high school moments, plans to study abroad next semester, and so much more.
To begin, I’ll allow Sophie to introduce herself…
Hi! My name is Sophie Guy. I am a senior this year and have been going to Jenks my whole life. I love being active and going to the gym. I also love videography. My family is my biggest inspiration. My parents have worked so hard to get where they are and my older sister is always there for advice when I need it.
Q: What advice would you give to freshmen?
What I would say to freshmen is to find a balance. Have fun and be present, but also make sure to take care of your academics. High school really does go by fast, so enjoy where you are now while also laying the foundation for the future you want later. Also, it’s never too late to try something new. I didn’t join cross country till junior year, but I am so thankful that I did.
Q: Describe your experiences in cross country? What do you love about it?
I joined cross country my junior year and it was the best decision! I have always enjoyed running, but hadn’t really done it consistently before. At the beginning, it was definitely hard, but as the season progressed, I saw a lot of improvement. That is one thing I loved about cross country. Being able to hit times you struggled with before and getting faster is so rewarding. Another thing I loved about cross country was the team. All the girls on the team are so sweet and we have so much fun together. Going to practice was always the highlight of my day. Lastly, I just love running. As you probably already know, us xc runners are a bit crazy. I mean choosing to run 3 miles is not something a lot of people would consider “fun.” But hey I’m here for crazy haha
Q: Why did you decide to do a semester abroad? What inspired you? Would you recommend other people to pursue this?
So, a little background. My mom is from Krakow, Poland and every summer we go visit the family we have there. The first time I went was when I was 4 and I stayed with my grandparents for three months. My grandparents do not speak English, so after staying for that long I became fluent. When I came back home, I only spoke Polish. Over time though, as I started going to school, I began to lose my Polish. I could still understand it, but was not able to speak it fluently as I once had. I have always wanted to become fluent again which brings me to why I am studying abroad. I am graduating a semester early and planning to go to Poland to stay with my grandparents and take classes relearning Polish. Poland is like my second home and I am so grateful I have this opportunity! I would 100% recommend other people to pursue studying abroad. I have heard many people say that studying abroad was one of the best experiences of their lives. It doesn’t have to be in high school, college is a great option too. I think it is so valuable to be able to immerse ourselves in other cultures. Also, studying abroad definitely requires stepping out of your comfort zone which I feel can bring lifelong lessons.
Q: What inspired you to start vlogging? Why did you start the livefromjenks insta?
I have always loved creating videos because it is always so special to look back on them later. I wanted to start vlogging during cross country season to document all the fun times. I found a karaoke microphone I had and thought it would be fun to use it to interview my team. That’s where the livefromjenks page idea really started. It was so fun to use the microphone for cross country and I was like I should use this at school. My first video was at the Jenks vs. BA game and it ended up going really well. I decided to continue doing it.
Check out Sophie’s vlog account, @livefromjenks on Instagram, that features student highlights from football games and so much more!
Q: What has been your favorite high school memory/experience?
There were so many fun events it’s hard to choose just one, but overall my favorite memories were my cross country meets. The bus rides with my team were so fun and the whole atmosphere of the races were exciting.
Q: What do you see yourself doing in the future?
My plans for the future are to attend the University of Tulsa. Right now, I’m planning to major in chemical engineering, but I do also enjoy videography, so I may do something with that as well.
To conclude, I hope you learned a thing or two about Sophie and all of the great things she will go on to accomplish in the future!