GatorPress – In the Shoes of a Student of the Year Nominee and His Tips for Success

By: Isobel Morton – November 15, 2018

Have you wondered what it takes to be a Student of the year; Bobby Shell spills all his tips and how he has become a nominee.

When asked how he would describe himself as a student he responded:

“ I would describe myself as an avid learner. I’m like a sponge. I soak up information through experiences and through observing my mentors and teachers.”

Bobby is enrolled in a mix of AP, honors, and occasionally enriched courses.

Bobby said, “ I don’t do this to seem smart or great, I choose these courses to challenge me and enrich my learning experience as I prepare for college.”

Bobby is all about preparation of the future, pushing yourself educationally, and growing confident in yourself.

How should you prepare yourself?

He is not sure either; but suggests trying your best and staying humble.

Shell said, “You shouldn’t brag about a lot, you should just take it as a sign you’re doing what you’re supposed to do.”

He also recommends enjoying  the special moments of life, and not solely focusing on work

What does Bobby believe has led him to being honored as a nominee?

Bobby would like to think that his countless sleepless nights and hard work have contributed to his nomination.

Shell said, “I believe that you get out what you put in. If you put in time and effort it will pay off.”

He sees the nomination as recognition for his effort and not the driving force behind his work ethic.

Advice and tips:

Put your voice out there, be confident, and strive for leadership roles. He says that be a good leader is all about focus, dedication, and brain power.

Shell said, “ If you think you’re not worthy or good enough, don’t. Enough people will do that to you, you don’t have to join in.”

A major tip is believing in you; if someone doubts you prove them wrong.

Is all this worth it?

Bobby says yes; through his work his had witnesses incredible experiences, built strong connections that will help him out later, and created lifelong friendships.

Shell said, “I can’t imagine my life without putting all of this work in.”

This nominee is applying to:

  • Princeton
  • Brown
  • Amherst
  • Richmond
  • Occidental
  • Swarthmore
  • Kenyon
  • And LSUS