Thomas Wei, 17, a senior at Rock Falls High School, is the November Student of the Month. He is the son of Mike Wei, with whom he lives, and Serina Lin, who lives in China. His sisters are Carol, who lives in DeKalb and attends Northern Illinois University, and Anna, who lives in China with their mother.
Favorite class: Either goes to Spanish or Math. Spanish because it is such a relaxing class, and the teacher knows how to have fun. Math because I understand it, and it gives you a sense of accomplishment when you have solved a difficult problem.
Top teacher: I like Mrs. Nunez because I enjoy learning different college tips and advice she randomly throws out. I also like the way she teaches, by implementing teamwork in all of the activities she has us do. Lastly, I love the way she treats every student with respect and doesn’t favor one student over the other.
Extracurriculars: I am the president of the Junior Optimist Cub, vice president of the Library and Science Club, secretary of Spanish Club, a BLIND leader, and a member of the varsity scholastic bowl.
After graduation: Yes, I am heading off to college. I am hoping I can get into the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. I think I want to major in accounting; however, I might major in international business, as well.
Paycheck: I currently help out at my dad’s restaurant, Asian Buffet. As for whether or not I like it, I would say it is not something I hate. However, it definitely is not something I always look forward to doing. But then again, that is why you need a good education – to find a job you look forward to going to.
BFF: I would have to say Steven Chen is my best friend, simply because I know he always has my back, no matter what. Plus, we have been friends for a long time, so it is only natural I see him as my best friend.
Favorite singer: I listen to a whole variety of songs, so I do not have a favorite singer or artist. But if I had to choose, I like Justin Timberlake and Drake a lot, so maybe them, ha ha.
Favorite actor: Will Smith.
Favorite movie: “White Chicks” or “21 Jump Street”.
Hobbies: For some reason, I love collecting cologne. It is bizarre, but for some reason I like it.
Favorite game/outdoor activity: I like football a lot.
Favorite food: Has to go to spaghetti.
Biggest fear: To realize I no longer know what I want to do in my life.
Least favorite class: I do not have a class I do not like, or else I would not be taking it.
What makes your blood boil? I hate liars. People need to take responsibility for what they have done. I also hate people who say they will do something but do not follow through.
What music makes your skin crawl? Bad raps that are about a subject in school. For instance, a rap about bones for an anatomy class.
Places: I enjoy just the outdoors. Sometimes I like to walk by the walking bridge so I can clear my thoughts and just relax.
Survival guide: Make good friends. They will bring along positive attitudes that will likely help you succeed in high school.
Useless knowledge: Higher-up math problems. I do not even think it is possible to do anything with the “imaginary number.” Nothing is going to equal the square root of negative one.
I’m in the dictionary next to: I think most people would describe me as being kind, probably because I approach everyone with a friendly attitude.
Secret twin: I wish I looked like a celebrity. Although lots of people say I look like the dude from Tokyo Drift… I think it is just because he is Asian, and so am I…ha ha.
Dream job: To be the CEO of a major corporation and make millions. Then I would deposit all of my money into a bank so when I snap out of my dream, I would be a millionaire.
Trading places: I wish I could trade places with Bill Gates, so I could realize what it feels like to be one of the richest people in the world. Then I would donate most of my money to a fundraiser, so I know I have made a big impact.
Trading spaces: I would like to go to France or Britain, because I find accents fascinating. Also, I want to learn more about their culture and history.
Shout out(s): Definite shout out to my dad, Mike Wei. Know that I am extremely grateful to have you as a dad and I would not wish to have any other dad than you. Also, a quick shout out to the Rock Falls High School teachers and staff for choosing me as the November Student of the Month. This means a great deal to me, and I appreciate you guys choosing me. And finally, a quick shout out to my girlfriend, Jessi Hicks, who has always stood beside me in everything I do. Know that I love you and I would not want to trade places with anyone else in the world.