Lauren Rhodes, 17, is Polo Community High School’s January Student of the Month. Her parents are Brenda and Doug, and her siblings are Sam, 21, and Ally, 16.
Favorite class, and why: Calculus, because it’s a challenge. Every right answer is a victory.
Least-favorite class, and why: English. I’ve never liked writing papers or analyzing what other people write.
Favorite teacher: My Spanish teacher, Alicia Garrett.
She is such a kind person and teaches one of my favorite subjects. She is the only teacher I have had all 4 years of high school.
School activities in which you participate: Band, cheerleading, track, Drama Club, Spanish Club, Student Council, National Honor Society.
Do you have a job? I volunteer after school at the grade school to help with drama club and cheerleading enrichment classes.
How would you describe your group of friends? We’re very goofy, and we are all kinda nerdy, to be honest.
What will you do after high school? Major in biology and premed. But I’m not sure of what school I will be going to yet.
What is something you learned in high school that you think you will never use? Anything that involves imaginary numbers. I know that I will never use those.
What kind of music are you listening to? I listen to a lot of Sia and Adele, usually while I’m doing homework.
Is there a celebrity who you look like? My friends say I look a lot like Victoria Justice.
What’s the one thing in your life you can’t do without? My parents. They’ve done a lot for me, and I’m glad I have them.
What is your advice for surviving high school? Get involved and do your homework. Your grades do matter freshman year.
If you could change one thing about your school, what would it be and why? Put air conditioning in the school. It gets extremely hot.
What scares you? Bugs scare me, because I woke up with a spider in my nose before.
If you could try any job for a day, what would it be? Someone who works on Wall Street. A job like that must be crazy, and I would love to see how the process works.
If you could go anywhere in the world for free, where would it be? Hawaii, because I think the culture there is different, and the beaches look absolutely gorgeous.
What is the last good book you read? “Just Call Me Tuesday,” by Leigh Byrne. It’s about a girl neglected by her confused mother.
Who is your hero or role model? My mother. She balances work and family life. She gives the best advice. She is the person I aspire to be.
What do you think your life will be like 10 years from now? I hope to be fresh out of medical school and ready to start a job as a cardiologist.
Who’d you like to send a shout out to? Hannah and Zannie. Thanks for always being there for me.
WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE?
Game or activity: Swimming
Movie: “The Conjuring"
TV show: “The Walking Dead"
Sports team: Chicago Cubs