By Staff Writers Valerie Mosier and Steven Moreno
Timberline senior Kiara Brooks has been in the AVID College and Career Readiness program throughout her entire high school career. The club is centered on providing resources for students planning to attend a four-year college after high school. The Blazer sits down with Brooks as she reflects on her experiences in the AVID program.
Q: How did you find out about AVID?
A: In middle school, I had to interview for it.
Q: How would you describe AVID?
A: Basically a class to get you on top of your stuff, a class to teach you everything you need about college without the background you could have had from parents.
Q: What is AVID’s weekly routine?
A: Tutorial Request Forms, writing, college essays, study sessions, etc.
Q: What are your plans after high school?
A: To attend junior college or a four [year] university on a scholarship for basketball.
Q: How do you think AVID has prepared you for college?
A: Very much, I learned things that I never would have imagined, [it has] given me opportunities that I never thought as well.
Q: Do you have any funny AVID moments?
A: When Cedric [Maser] fed Mr. Koontz a doughnut slowly, without saying a word, and he ate it.
Q: What is your favorite memory?
A: When I had to pee on a college field trip and the bus left me at Subway and everyone thought it was so funny as I was running after the bus, hands full of Subway.
Q: What were your expectations for AVID, and were they met?
A: I didn’t have really any clue what came from AVID, my expectations [went] through the roof, blown away.
Q: What would you change about AVID/would you do it again?
A: I would change the beginning of the journey, it was rough, but then we leveled out as we got older.
Q: Do you think more people need to join AVID?
A:Yes, it’s a good program for people who really need it.
Students who are interested in becoming a part of AVID can contact their counselor for more information.