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Antoinette Williams: Importance of volunteering

Antoinette was born in Fort Irwin; her mother an aspiring teacher and her father in the military. She is 20 years old and an only child. Since she was a child she has found inspiration in uplifting stories and the ordinary heroes. She plans to be a psychologist when she grow up and she would like to build organizations dedicated to showing the importance of volunteer work in small towns and communities. She has lived in Barstow all her life and have been blessed with the opportunities not many people have — that is to grow at her own pace and be part of organizations that really help build a foundation of character and networking.

Q: Describe a special memory you have in Barstow.
A: A special memory I have here in Barstow is the Mardi Gras Parade this year. Barstow College ASB, that I am President of, got to experience what the parade actually means to the community and how it affects the community as a whole. It was a beautiful spectacle of Barstow residents supporting each other and the wonderful entertainment at hand. That is an example of community to her.

Q: What do you do in your free time?
A: I love to do volunteer work like helping with Dr. Seuss Birthday Bash, helping with an organization called Delta Kappa Gamma and their annual Spring Fling in April and doing relaxing things such as going to the movies or spending time with friends and family.

Q: Tell us one thing that most people don’t know about you.
A: When I see someone hurt or being mistreated, my heart goes out to them and I try to find a way to help them realize their own value and worth.

Q: If you could change one thing about the world, what would it be?
A: It would be more volunteer work for small towns to do and improve self-esteem, and importance of community.

Q: If you could change one thing about Barstow, what would it be?
A: So far I do not know what fundamentally I can change in Barstow, yet.

Q: What person, living or from history, would you most like to have dinner with and why?
A: I would love to have dinner with Ghandi because of his inner strength to fight the evils that many of us would be scared to face and attack. He is so inspirational to me because he broke barriers in what we call a society. It is hard to find that here today in 2012 because everyone is so complacent in who and what they are. He did not see color lines, education background, socioeconomic status, he saw the value of each human being and that is inspiring.

Q: Who is someone who had a big influence on your life?
A: Being an only child, I found the strength to be a young woman of self respect from my mother because of the way she carriers herself and how she shows what true self-worth really is. She understands my passion for volunteer work because she also loves doing it. She is an amazing woman and always will be to me.

Q: What words of advice do you have for the next generation?
A: Never look to someone for a self-esteem boost or advice until you learn that you are your own best foundation for advice and self-worth. No matter how technology evolves or the next trending thing in social media it can not define who you are and how vital you are to the growth of the human race. Being aware and educated about many subjects helps you build a foundation and become an example for someone who is struggling through something that you now have experience in.

Q: What is something you are particularly proud of?
A: I am proud of the fact that I came to the community college here in Barstow because I learned the importance of community through all the volunteer work I have done. I also have built a foundation of confidence and self-esteem in the courses I have taken here at the college. Having a foundation of that here at a community college helps me at the next levels of college on how to retain information and help build that as a part of my character for my career.

Q: What’s your favorite movie and why?
A: My favorite movie is the Bucket List because it shows that no matter what circumstances come to you in this life we have to dig deep, cherish and enjoy the time we are given on this planet.

Q: Tell us about your favorite thing about living in Barstow?
A: The close community and how we all grow together as we get older and realize the different experiences really help all of our characters become a community.

Q: What is the best thing about your job?
A:  It gives me the ability to work on my creativity.

Q: If you could travel anywhere in the world, where would it be and why?
A:  I don’t have a particular place that I want to travel to I would like to travel to many places and countries like South Africa, Zimbabwe, London, and Egypt. I feel I can broaden my horizon on how to look at the human race and learn the ways we are growing and that we are being hindered.

Q: Tell us about one thing you want to accomplish in life.
A:  I like to think of myself as a trailblazer in the making. I feel that one thing to accomplish in my life is to build an organization dedicated to helping children, teens, and young adults learn the essentials of learning how to think and have the self-confidence to achieve anything they feel is important to spend their energy on building.

Q: What’s your favorite place to eat in Barstow?
A: Ihop

Q: Where do you see yourself in 10 years?
A: I see myself at the point in my life where I transition into having a family, enjoying my career and exploring the world.

Q: Is there anything else you’d like to say?
A: Thank you for this opportunity to share with the community who I am.

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