Benjamin Zapata Neira — 2018 High Schooler Who Will Change The World


Student: Benjamin Zapata Neira
School: Liahona Preparatory Academy
Parents: Luis Zapata & Purísima Neira

Benjamin Zapata Neira is full of “thank yous.” He’s polite and gracious. He’s also overflowing with ambition that has led the Chile native to graduate a year early and start at BYU this fall.

Mini-resume Exchange student from Chile, student council, conservatory of music piano student, soccer team.

Plans after high school Study business at BYU. Serve LDS mission and be sealed in temple.

Advice for freshmen Dare to do stuff and give it your best honest effort. Sometimes your best isn’t enough to accomplish the goal and that’s completely normal. However, be proud you did your best.

Guilty pleasure Sleep. Even if I’m late because I accidentally slept in, I still have a good feeling inside because I got to sleep a little more.

Most common thing parents say to you “Hurry up!”

Challenge to overcome Coming here as an exchange student. I had to adapt to a new culture, language, family, school and new people. Adapting has helped me grow up and be more self-reliant.

No. 1 thing learned in high school Developing study habits and learning how to organize my time efficiently.

Best advice you received Learning self discipline now will save a lot of problems in the future.

Stress management Listen to good music, hang out with friends, watch TV or play games.

How will you change the world? I want to dedicate my life to serving others. I hope to do that without limitations and to inspire others to do the same.

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