Peri lives in Jacksonville, Florida with her parents, one of her older brothers, and dog, Max. Both Peri and her older brother, Preston, have been homeschooled their whole lives. Peri has gained her education through at-home courses, outside classes such as co-ops, and online school with TPS. This year, her favorite subjects were AP Language and Composition, Spanish 4, and Photography. She will attend the University of North Florida and will study Art History and Spanish in the fall. Among many other activities, Peri loves soccer, painting, reading, and photography. She loves to spend time in nature–from going on bike-rides to watching the sunset–and likes to capture the beauty God has placed in the world through her photography. In college, Peri hopes to further expand her knowledge of her passions in Art History and Spanish and to meet new friends and get involved in organizations and clubs. Mostly, however, she hopes to bring glory to God through her educational endeavors in the next four years.
What did you want to be when you grew up?
Like many little girls, I wanted to be a veterinarian when I grew up because my interests at the time revolved around horses and puppies. A job where I could pet cute animals all day sounded perfect to me. As I grew older, my interests shifted towards humanities-based paths, which is what I will be studying next year!
Favorite Bible Verse:
Whenever I’m going through a difficult time and I seek comfort from the Lord, I read James 1:2-4. “Count it all joy, my brothers, when you meet trials of various kinds, for you know that the testing of your faith produces steadfastness. And let steadfastness have its full effect, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing.” This verse reminds me that through faith in Jesus, no pain, loss, or anxiety can separate me from the Lord; it can only strengthen my reliance and trust in His plans for me.
Advice to Younger Students:
Doing your best does not always mean exhausting yourself. Though school and work are important aspects of our lives, they are not the only aspects that matter. God created us to need rest and reliance on Him, so when we push ourselves farther than possible and deprive ourselves of rest in Him, we miss out on a significant part of our lives. Be wise with your body and mind and do not forget that the rest God provides for you is just as important as work.