Jenna Brooks: A Light at the End of the Tunnel
Senior Jenna Brooks was often behind the scenes of Class Council, organizing events such as prom or the Sadie Hawkins dance two years ago.
She explains, “While it may have been extremely stressful planning these events, it was so worth it to see everyone have a good time." The top thing that Jenna has learned through all of her time at EC is to always be yourself. When asked how EC has shaped her, she responded, “EC has helped me find myself. I think I can speak for a lot of people when I say that it can be hard to find yourself while in high school. I look back now and realize that I probably wouldn’t have flourished the way I did if it weren’t for the caring community that I was in.” Jenna believes that her faith has grown tremendously over these past four years. She says, “High school wasn’t all that easy for me and I think that really tested my faith. In the end I learned that even when you really feel alone and at your worst, that God is still with you and guiding you. The hard times have shaped me in ways that I couldn’t have even imagined.”
"I am so grateful for this community because without, I’d probably still be the anxious freshmen who never spoke."
Jenna explains that high school has definitely taught her how to come out of her shell. “I can still remember being a freshman, and everything terrified me. I was very anxious and I let that control me. As I grew, I became more comfortable with myself and my environment. I remember barely speaking up in any of my classes my freshman year. Now sometimes I talk too much. EC has provided me with a nurturing environment where I can grow at my own pace. I am so grateful for this community because without, I’d probably still be the anxious freshmen who never spoke.”
Jenna has decided to major in digital communications and pursue a minor in Spanish. She elaborates, “I think it would be really cool to run social media accounts for businesses. While a little ambiguous, it has always been a goal of mine to be bilingual. I think there is definitely a need for that in the world today as well, which is why I choose to minor in a language. I honestly don’t remember how I chose my major, I think my mom suggested it and I said ‘yeah that sounds cool’ and just went with it.” When asked how she wants her legacy to be at EC, she explains, “Most people would agree that my goal is to help my friends with whatever they are going through. My way of helping is often by comic relief. Even though I am well known for my cheesy puns and jokes, my goal is to be there for those who need it. I want to be a reminder to people that there’s always a light at the end of the tunnel. And if your friends need a little cheering up, try a really cheesy joke. Sometimes they’re so terrible that you can’t not laugh.”