TPS Seniors 2018

Joshua Velez

Meet Joshua Velez!

A New Jersey resident all his life, Joshua has studied at TPS throughout all four years of high school. One of his favorite classes and his first full-year TPS course, English 1 with Mrs. Wilke, not only prepared him to succeed in two college English classes in the time since, but also allowed him to meet some wonderful classmates and an outstanding teacher, beginning friendships which flourish to this day. In the fall, Joshua will attend Wheaton College in Illinois to pursue a music major as a pianist, with future plans to attend medical school. His favorite TPS memory comes from the summer Study Skills class with Mrs. Harmon, where one of his classmates would begin each class by posting a different style announcement in the chat box right after the recording began, such as imitating a bailiff calling court into session or an announcer at a baseball game (ideas for future creative types!). A few years ago, Joshua had the chance to participate in a piano master class conducted by the chair of the piano department at The Juilliard School, which was a great honor and learning experience. He has also spent time during his senior year interning with a math professor who used to work as a rocket scientist at NASA and currently teaches both at a college near Joshua’s hometown and runsat in-person classes for homeschoolers in New Jersey. Some other interests of Joshua’s include volunteering on mission trips to the Guatemala City dump during the summer, performing in musical theater productions, skiing, gardening (one summer, he grew a couple hundred stalks of popcorn in the garden behind his family’s house), and all things tea – especially vanilla chai! Overall, Joshua is grateful for all the opportunities provided him through homeschooling and TPS, for all the truly amazing people he has come to know and who have supported him and his family through trying times, and most of all, for God’s unending faithfulness and love. „Tschüss, TPS!“

 

Favorite Bible verse:

“‘Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, and before you were born I consecrated you….Do not say, ‘I am only a youth’; for to all to whom I send you, you shall go, and whatever I command you, you shall speak'” (Jeremiah 1:5,7, ESV). This verse reminds me that God not only had plans for me before I was born, but also that He knows exactly who He wants to make me. He sees His children as finished products, and if we follow His commandments and directions for our lives, He will be faithful to complete the work He began in us. Also, God has promised that He will equip us to do whatever things He has planned for us, if only we willingly follow Him no matter what!
Advice to the younglings of TPS:
Throughout all of my education, my best resource has been to enjoy learning. It might sound hard, but even if you struggle feeling joyful about schoolwork, make it a priority to pray that God would help you see your work as a celebration of His creation. On the other hand, always make sure you have time set aside for healthy rest, and fight for it with everything you’ve got. Force yourself, even if you have a crazy amount of work, to spend time with Jesus, with friends and family, and by yourself just being quiet—even though it may seem counterintuitive, if you don’t find ways to rest, you’ll either burn out and not be able to function, or you’ll turn to unhealthy ways to de-stress that leave you unhappy and with wasted time.

One Comment

  1. Congrats on graduating! A music major at Wheaton sounds pretty intense. And amazing.