Emily Meza — 2020 High Schoolers Who Will Change The World

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Emily Meza 

Timpanogos High School

Parents Lilia & Alfonso Meza

Perhaps no other student in this story appreciates a good education more than Emily. The 2020 Dell Scholar recipient will be a first-generation college student when she starts at the U this fall, and her parents commonly remind her of the profound opportunity she has to get an education.

Future plans Go to the University of Utah and start my pathway into psychology.

Motto “When in doubt, just go with it.”

Guilty pleasure Collecting vinyls and vintage cameras.

Lesson learned I struggled with procrastination and getting my work done. It made school difficult my first year. Once I stopped procrastinating, school got easier and I started to enjoy every moment.

Parental phrase “School is for the benefit of your future and you’re lucky you get to go.”

Change the world I have always been open about mental health. I want to change the way mental health and illness is perceived by the public. My dream is to eventually destigmatize the views on mental health and make it a more open and common topic to discuss.

High school memories Every moment I spent with my soccer team was an adventure.

School spirit I love how caring and loving everyone is. When you walk into Timpanogos you feel accepted and welcomed.

Best advice Don’t stress or worry about the little things in life. Embrace them.

Favorite subject Social studies. I was always invested in every topic and the teachers made it interesting and fun.

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Greg Bennett

Greg Bennett is an editor and writer with Bennett Communications. His primary responsibilities are with Utah Valley Magazine and the company's custom publications division. He's the father of four children and has been married to his wife, Adria, for 19 years. Contact Greg at greg.utahvalley360@gmail.com.

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