Keeping up with Anastasia Pyrinis

What do Mock Trial, Model UN, Interact Club, TedX, Art Club, CSF, and NHS all have in common? The answer is Anastasia Pyrinis – a junior who manages to tackle all of the above along with her daily school workload.

“It is definitely a lot of work, but I love doing all of them so I don’t think I could just quit one,” Pyrinis says.

As a junior, Pyrinis’ classes and work has ramped up with numerous finals, projects, and extracurriculars which together are easy to become overwhelming.

“Junior year is actually harder than I thought. I thought it would be similar to sophomore year, but there is definitely a much larger workload. So far, I think the hard part is managing courses and extracurriculars, while trying my best in all of them,” Pyrinis says.

Pyrinis believes that spending the time and effort on something, even if it is a burden, is worth it in the long run. “Don’t be afraid to go the extra mile,” Pyrinis says. “Don’t be afraid to go after what you want and stay up an extra hour later to finish work. Yes, you will be tired the next day, but you will feel better knowing that you got everything done (rather) than leaving it to be done poorly at the last minute. Trust me, it will be worth it in the end.”

Pyrinis always makes sure school and clubs are her top priority, leaving her little time to relax. “A day off? Fun? That doesn’t even happen anymore,” Pyrinis laughs. “I’d probably be coaching the middle school speech and debate kids at Sycamore Canyon, or be involved in something with Mock Trial.”

Moving forward, Pyrinis’ anticipation for college is only growing. “I’m very excited for college,” she says. Her strong drive with schoolwork and extracurriculars carries over to her motivation in aiming for one of the best colleges around – Stanford.

“I know it’s hard and a lot of people, most people don’t get in, but I’m still going to try,” Pyrinis said, “I suppose I will miss Newbury Park … but I feel like I have exhausted the resources here for me to learn more and I am excited for that next step of my life into college.”

 

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