Senior Spotlight - Isabella Aceves-Rodriguez
Rochester Public Schools

Meet Isabella Aceves-Rodriguez graduating from ALC. Isabella is an outgoing and social person that loves to help others. In her free time she enjoys reading at sunset or sunrise while listening to classical music. This fall, she will be attending Ridgewater Community College pursuing nursing with a specialization in cardiology.



What High School are you graduating from?

ALC but home school is Century High School


What is a fun fact about you?

I enjoy reading while listening to classical music while the sun is setting or during the sunrise.


What is your favorite memory as an RPS student?

In kindergarten, when it was our birthday my teacher would give us a specific carebear that she thought represented us, and she would also get cupcakes with different designs depending on what letter our name started with.


What sets you apart from the group? Try to capture your uniqueness and describe it.

What makes me stand out from the group is that I have always been a very outgoing and social person, always finding ways how to include others in the situation. My personality sets me apart from the group, especially what makes me happy. For example, when I help out at the marines recruiting station I will do my best to be a good leader. Make sure everyone understands what’s going on and ensure everyone is giving their best effort. I do my best to help others find resources when I’m unsure of how to handle the situation, whether it’s for their mental health, physical health, or educational needs.


What is your senior quote and why?

My senior quote is “A strong woman accepts the war she went through and is ennobled by her scars”- Carly Simon.

I chose this quote because it reminded me that I have been through some of the worst situations but I’ve become the best version of myself. I accepted myself and accepted that those situations happened for a reason. My mom mentioned something to me and I feel like it was similar. She had said, “God doesn’t give you battles he knows you can’t handle”. That stood out to me because it reminded me that I’m stronger than I think and I know I can get through anything.


What advice do you have for incoming high school students?

Some advice I have for the incoming high school students is don’t be afraid to ask for help when needed. Whether it’s for mental health, physical or education, ask for help from the teachers and staff members; they want to help you succeed and achieve your goals. Something I learned when I became a senior was that your success depends on you, no one will affect your success other than yourself. Focus on your needs and what goals you have. Don’t let others tell you that you can’t do something and don’t feel the need to prove a point, as long as you’re doing your best and communicating with those that want to help you achieve your goals. Having that communication is a huge factor and makes a lot of things a bit easier. My final piece of advice is to be happy and don’t let others determine what you can and can’t do.


What is the number one skill you are taking with you post-graduation?

The number one skill I will be taking with me after graduation is communicating with others. I struggled all throughout high school communicating with others, especially if it was teachers or other adults. At the end of my junior year, I was able to open up and allow myself to ask for help. Towards the middle of senior year, I was constantly talking to my teachers letting them know if it wasn’t a good day or what I needed help with.


Name your chosen pathway for after graduation?

I am attending Ridgewater Community College this fall. I’m majoring in nursing and will be specializing in cardiology. I chose this career because I absolutely love helping patients and I’ve developed a love for cardiology. I find it so fascinating and there is always more to learn, I chose nursing because I enjoy helping others. Becoming a cardiac nurse is my goal and I can’t wait to achieve my goals through Ridgewater.


How have you best contributed to your school community, and in what way do you think you’ll contribute to a workplace or college community?

I have helped multiple students with their mental health and educational needs when I am able to. Multiple students have had no problem coming to me for help and allowing me to find resources that will benefit them. I have motivated others to achieve their goals and helped them learn how to find things that make them happy. Translating was a huge part during high school. I would go down to the newcomers center and help students that spoke Spanish only. I would help them communicate with the instructors and teach them new words in English. I used leadership skills such as motivating, being a role model, and doing things that make us happy. I know that will all benefit me in college especially because I want others to know they can count on me, and teach others how to motivate each other. Especially because during college I’ve noticed that’s when students lose their motivation and struggle a lot with asking for help. I will be that resource for those that struggle and feel like their voice isn’t heard.


Describe three ways you have changed since your freshman year.

I have learned how to communicate my thoughts and feelings with others without feeling the need to shut myself down. I have learned to allow others to help me mentally and physically without pushing them away. I struggled a lot with expressing myself and just allowing myself to receive help. Lastly, I’ve learned how to motivate myself and not let others determine how successful I can be. I still struggle sometimes but I have matured a lot and found so many ways to work around situations.


If you could go back and give yourself advice when you were an incoming freshman, what would you tell yourself?

I would tell myself that don’t listen to what people say and that it’s going to be hard but we made it. Pay attention to school and leave all of those people that claimed to be your friends behind. Focus on what you need and be happy, I know our mental health isn’t the best. Find new things that will make you happy, and don’t shut yourself down because you don’t know how to ask for help. Take it one step at a time and it will all be worth it in the end. Things happened for a reason and we were given a tough battle all throughout high school. We made it though. It wasn’t easy but it’s not meant to be because we got through a tough battle. There’s more ahead but don’t stress about the future. Focus on the present and don’t give up.