Due to a rough experience with racism and bullying, Senior Grace Na had been home-schooled for a large portion of her education career from 5th grade through 9th grade. Throughout the years she spent at Eastern Christian High School, Grace has grown significantly in her faith, gained a deeper understanding of who God is, made friends with kind people, and has become more comfortable in her own skin.
Though her dreams and passions have changed throughout high school, Grace is now determined to pursue a major in Film & Cinematography at Rutgers University-New Brunswick. “I chose this major because it is a combination of the passions I've developed over my life: music, acting, digital editing, and art. I've always enjoyed the art and beauty of films, so to be a part of the making of a film would be an honor and dream,” says Grace.
Is there anything else that you want people to know about your faith, passions and personality?
I try my best to be kind. People want a dull, sarcastic, unmotivated person. I will never be that. We all have our "woke up on the wrong side of the bed" days. I'm not perfect. But, I try my best to be kind, and that's it. I hate gossip, and the negative effects it has on people. Therefore, I don't participate in it. Never have. To the class of 2020, try to be kind. Not because it will get you far, or benefit you at all times, but because you're children of God... or at least profess to be. Do what you preach. As Christians, we are all a reflection of God. I hope people don't look at you and say, "Wow, I sure am glad I'm not in such a hateful and judgemental religion." I hope they look at you and say, "Wow! So, that's what they mean when they say God is love."
What is the top thing that you have learned?
The top thing I have learned is that just because people are Christians doesn't make them a good person. It's up to the person, no matter what religion, or lack of religion, to hold moral standards to themselves and control their behavior and pattern of speech.
To end, how do you want to be remembered? What do you want your EC legacy to be?
I think my legacy in EC was as the protagonist-- not the popular girl, but the quiet girl blossoming into a beautiful flower. I learned to find a way for myself-- to find the very few people who were kind, make friends, and stick with people who are loyal, funny, and motivated in life. I learned to find my passions again, and really involve myself in them. I learned to follow my dreams and prevail despite my circumstances (economic, family, and mental issues). I grew strong from every trial and tribulation, and I am ready to take on the world!
I learned to find my passions again, and really involve myself in them. I learned to follow my dreams and prevail despite my circumstances