As part of a military family, senior Ariana Wolf has attended numerous schools. After attending three different schools her freshman year alone. She settled into Oasis in January of 2020.
“Out of all three schools, I have never felt as included, happy, and important as I have felt here at Oasis. I feel like I am actually learning and I found a lovely community of friends. Oasis has helped me grow as a person, as a student, and community member,” said Wolf.
In her time at Oasis Wolf has found mentors and teachers that have helped develop her into the person she is today.
“A teacher and mentor I would like to thank is Mr. Lenon. The personal growth lessons I have learned from him have been monumental. When I first started at Oasis, I was timid, uncomfortable in my skin, and unmotivated to do any schoolwork. Yet, through my years of attending Oasis his lessons of time management, creating habits, getting into a growth mindset (which I would like to thank Mrs. Stockard for teaching that lesson as well), preparing for college, and so much more have really helped me and made me feel like I can truly grow into the best version of myself. I am so grateful for all of the time he has taken to personally help and talk with and encourage me. I couldn't ask for a better counselor.”
“I’ve had two favorite classes. One is Mrs. Stockard's American Lit & Composition. I really enjoyed the literature we got to read, the in depth analysis of those pieces of literature, the essays (I know, I'm weird), and the growth vs. fixed mindset lesson. Mrs. Stockard's class really kindled my love for literature and writing. The other class is Mr. Lenon's EPY class. As a college preparation class, he really got the job done. I learned how to write good personal statements, how to communicate in a college setting, time management, and the importance of keeping myself healthy. Without Mr. Lenon's class I would have never made it through my Junior year,” added Wolf.
Wolf has fully engrossed herself as part of the Bighorn Herd during her time at Oasis. “Surprisingly, I have involved myself in activities and sports that my past self would have heavily judged me for, and enjoyed it! I never thought I would end up on the Varsity Volleyball team, the cheer team, the Vice President of our National Honors Society, or trying out Yearbook. Yet, I am so glad I did,” explained Wolf.
“My advice for future students is a few things. First things first: LIVE. Don't just exist or just be going through the motions, school and life outside of it is so much more enjoyable when you are making every moment count. It doesn't even have to be a big thing, just things like sending your friend a text, calling them even, or treating yourself to that cookie you've been craving. One of my favorite quotes is from Shel Silverstein's book "A Light in the Attic", "Put something silly in the world that ain't been there before". Secondly, do the things you are passionate about. Don't go into a field of study just for the money, go in that direction because you love it. Do the things in life that make you excited, learn the things that make you want to research it until 3 a.m. (but don't actually stay up that late, you need your beauty rest). Doing things that you can be excited and passionate about will make it seem like you're not even working because you're having fun. Lastly, pay attention in your EPY class. You will not regret it and you will be so grateful for it in your Junior year, and future college. Your future self will thank you,” finished Wolf.
Wolf will graduate in May with both her High School Diploma and Associate of Science degree from Western Nevada College. She then plans to attend the University of Nevada Reno to earn a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Graphic Design while working on a personal online business selling her art, making an animated series, and writing a book or two.