TPS Seniors 2020

Elisabeth Samuels – TPS Senior 2020

After much stalking and research, Elisabeth has still not figured out how to write this properly, but promises to do a little above horribly to humor the readers. Not gifted with the normal socializing skills which are crucial for living in society, Elisabeth found TPS to be a sanctuary the moment she heard the GP5 music start playing, that was before she realized she would be forced on the mic to introduce herself. Through the five years on TPS with the constant struggle to avoid the mic each week, which she can now say she has finally gotten the hang of, Elisabeth has cherished the experience and everything it has done for her. To the socializing aspects down to the spelling and quick typing, TPS has not only taught classes, but it has also taught life skills that will be carried through the years and has made Elisabeth the person she is today. Her favorite class would probably have to be English 1 with Mrs. Wilke, because who could ever forget how to diagram a sentence after that class. Throughout the whole TPS experience, Elisabeth has taken away two main lessons: First, knowing how to spell is an absolute and second, never avoid something for too long because sooner or later, it will catch up. Finally, hobbies. The definition of a hobby according to Google is, “an activity done regularly in one’s leisure time for pleasure.” Considering Elisabeth has done little but school which is pretty far from something done for leisure and pleasure for the past couple of years of her life, sleeping is the closest thing to a hobby for her. The future is filled with unknowns and possibilities, but if Elisabeth was anything like Einstein, which she isn’t besides sharing a likeness in human form, college would be a wise choice. Stay safe kids, Jesus is coming!

When you were younger, what did you want to be when you grew up?

In homeschooling, it is oftentimes hard to know what grade one is in, so in saying that, I have no clue what I wanted to be in elementary school. The earliest recollection of what I wanted to be when I grew up was a veterinarian. My love for animals took me over completely and that was all I wanted to be for a time until I discovered there was a high possibility I would have to put an animal down in my career. Even since then, I couldn’t get over the idea of ever killing an animal even if it’s putting them out of pain, so there goes my lifelong dream out the window. Since then, I have considered different careers, but I’m pretty sure the veterinarian whole experience scarred me for life. So, I haven’t jumped to anything instantly except being a teacher to the visually impaired, but that is a whole other story for a different time.

Favorite Bible Verse

Isaiah 43:1-2: “. . . Fear not, for I have redeemed you; I have summoned you by name; you are mine. When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and when you pass through the rivers, they will not sweep over you. When you walk through the fire, you will not be burned; the flames will not set you ablaze.” This has been my favorite Bible verse for the past few years and also a good reminder. Living in a place where most people don’t know your name and oftentimes you feel alone, it’s been everything but encouraging, but this verse never fails to remind me that the only one who truly needs to know my name, knows it and is right beside me.

Favorite Catchphrase

One of my main mottos this year has been, “Life is worth it.” Through everything, there is always a light at the end of the tunnel no matter how dark and windy it might be in the moment. The trick is to never lose hope that the end might be just around the next corner.


  1. LISSY! You made my first year in TPS a blast with that English Class :-). Sera and I will never forget you.

    • Haha, that was a memorable year for sure. And i should quote you on that and have us finally meet when we are like 80 😂

  2. Eliza!!! You made it <3 Miss you a lot and so proud of youuu

  3. 😀 this was super fun to read, and your bible verse and quote are encouraging! Congrats, and may God bless you with passion for whatever you end up doing!

    • Thank you so much! Haha, yeah I wrote it at 3 in the morning so it was more an impulsive decision to submit this.

  4. YAYAYAYAYAYAYAY yep good good i cant believe you’re graduating this!!!!!!!