By: Joshua Bryant
Chavez senior Armani Gaines is more ready than ever. She is a well-rounded student. She demonstrates hard work and dedication each and every day. And in a matter of months, Gaines will be graduating from Chavez forever.
In a few short months, Gaines will be in a college classroom, continuing the hard work she has started here at Chavez. She will attend Clark Atlanta University or North Carolina Central University. Her personality fits perfectly with her choice in college majors: business.
“I’m the type of person that likes to do stuff on my own,’’ Gaines said. “I don’t want to rely on anyone.”
Gaines’ independence carries not only to her current habits, but also into her future goals. After college, Gaines hopes to own her own business.
“Having my own business will give me the path that I need to do what I need to do,” Gaines said. “[I look
forward to] not having my own boss and getting to make my own rules.”
While Gaines has worked hard to get where she is because of her work ethic and independence, she has been inspired by the work of others. Her favorite inspiration is her celebrity crush, August Alsina.
“He expresses himself a lot about how he was homeless, and how he had to sleep in stores,” Gaines said. “He’s very successful now. I look up to him because he’s been through a lot. He’s not afraid to share what he’s been through, and he’s not afraid to speak his mind. And he doesn’t let the fame change him.
“I feel like he’s a good person.”
Gaines would know. She too wants to be seen as a good person, but worries that she doesn’t come off that way.
“Most people think that I am mean,” Gaines said. “But that’s not true, and that’s why I don’t talk a lot. I don’t talk a lot because I don’t have nothing to say, and a lot of people do think I’m stuck up. But I’m not. I’m really nice.”
Gaines’ sensitivity often comes out in her passion for animals.
“A lot of people don’t know that I’m very sensitive about animals,” Gaines said. “Nobody knows that I would cry if I saw an animal out in the cold and I can’t really help it.”
But it’s not just animals Gaines wants to help. She hopes that when she owns her own business, it would be an organization for kids growing up in low income neighborhoods.
“Being a senior here at Chavez is not what I thought it was going to be,” Gaines said. “I don’t think you should have an expectation of what you think it’s going to be like. You just have to go with the flow and make the best out of everything.
“But I’m working on it. I have no choice, but that’s going to come a lot in life. A lot of things aren’t going to go your way, but you have to make the best of it.”