Zaina Rumbolz, 18, of Sterling, is one of Sterling High School’s December Students of the Month. She is the daughter of Darla and Josh White, and she has a younger brother, Jonas.
Favorite class: Anatomy, because I love science, and the curriculum brings in my interest of the medical field through study of the human body.
Least-favorite class: AP human geography, because the curriculum was difficult, and I was not very interested in the material.
Favorite teachers: Tyler Gaumer, social studies, and Jennifer Drew, English.
School activities in which you participate: Diving, track and field, National Honor Society, Young Doctor’s League, Student Council, freshman mentor program, and Math Team.
Do you have a job? I am a receptionist at Statik Hair Studio and Day Spa in Sterling.
What will you do after high school? I plan to attend Augustana College in Rock Island, and I want to pursue pre-medicine with intentions to go medical school.
What is something you learned in high school that you think you’ll never use? The order in which each religion originated in history.
What is your advice for surviving high school? Don’t overstress. You are going to do worse if you stress yourself out over an assignment, essay, quiz or test, nine times out of 10. Be confident in your abilities and in knowing what you are capable of accomplishing.
One thing you would change about your school? The competitiveness among students.
What’s one thing in your life you can’t do without? My family.
What kind of music are you listening to? I like to listen to indie rock, pop, and contemporary music along with various other songs from different genres.
What scares you? Not being able to accomplish my goals and be successful.
If you could try any job for the day, what would it be? My goal is to be a doctor, and I want to be more aware of all of the different areas the medical field has to offer.
If you could go anywhere in the world for free, where would it be? Somewhere warm with a beach. I love the ocean and the sun.
Your life philosophy? Strive for your best. There will always be people around you who see your accomplishments as flawed. As long as you have worked your best and have accomplished something that you are proud of, it is all that matters.
What are you reading? “The Kite Runner,” by Khaled Hosseini.
Your proudest moment? Medaling and finishing 12th at the state diving competition my junior year.