Each month, the principals of Live Oak and Sobrato High Schools choose a total of four students (two from each school) to spotlight. Sobrato senior Elizabeth Esquivel, 17, is this week's Student of the Week.
What inspires you? My daughter, Anabella, inspires me. I now have someone depending on me and the thought of her future inspires me to do my best in school and succeed in life.
What is your favorite subject in school, and why? I'd consider math to be my favorite subject. Although it's a love/hate relationship, math is like a challenging puzzle that gives you a rewarding feeling once you've solved a difficult problem.
If you had the power to change one thing in the world, what would it be? If I had the power to change one thing in the world, it would be the rising crime rates. Lately, there has been a rising amount of crime in the world which didn't seem to be as big of an issue growing up as a young girl.
If you could go anywhere, where would you go? If I could go anywhere, I'd like to go to Hawaii.
Name one big challenge in your life right now: One of the biggest challenges in my life is balancing school and homework on top of raising my daughter.
What is your dream job? My dream job would be as a police officer or a correctional officer. As I mentioned earlier, high crime rates are a big concern of mine and I'd love to take on a position that helps stop/prevent crime.
If you were stuck on a deserted island, what three things could you not live without? If I were stuck on a deserted island I could not live without my daughter, food and a camera!
Favorite book: My favorite book so far is "Empty Arms" by Erika Liodice.
What are your plans post high school? My plans post high school are to attend either University of California, Santa Cruz or San Jose State University along with my daughter and take on a part-time job.
Something that makes you smile: As cheesy as it sounds, my daughter makes me smile. After a long day at school it is the best feeling in the world coming home to a smiling face and is a reminder to why I work hard everyday.