Miguel Rodriguez

Miguel Rodriguez

What are your post-high school plans?

I will be attending Northwestern University and majoring music education.

What is the most important thing you learned in high school?

I learned the importance and meaning behind this quote, “Will you continue to believe in something long after the motivation behind it has left?”

What is your favorite high school memory?

Playing at the Jazz Showcase in Chicago with the Jazz Lab Band at Larkin.

What was your favorite class or learning experience?

Jazz Band

Share your best advice for incoming freshmen:

It’s surprising what you can do when you focus solely on what you want in life. Kobe Bryant said it best, “First, decide what you want to be, and from that point, the world becomes your oyster.”

What or who do you acknowledge for your academic success, and ranking in the top 2 percent of your senior class?

My mother and father, Brendyn Dobbeck (Band Director), and my little brother Victor.

What life lessons or observations have you gained about yourself, and the world, during the 2020-21 school year?

I have come to realize who stands by their words and who is truly committed. Some of my mentors and most influential teachers happen to be the ones that continued to live how they preach: work hard and make the most out of every opportunity. This is something that I hope to represent in my teaching in the future.