An Interview with Junior Student Spotlight, Dylan Robinson

Getting to Know the Students of Arkansas High

Dylan Robinson competes in cheer, a sport he is passionate about.

What is something in your life that is very important to you and why?

Robinson: I feel like cheer, honestly, has been one of the best and more important things in my life. It has shaped me into the person I am today and has given me such a stronger mindset in life. It also has taught me the true meaning of teamwork and hard work.

Have you ever faced any sort of judgement for being a male cheerleader? If so, how did you overcome that?

Robinson: Being a male cheerleader for Arkansas High has not come with the issues and drama I suspected it would. When I tried out for the varsity team last February, I prepared myself for endless rude remarks and harassment. However, when I made the team and began to do what I loved, there were no rude comments at all. With that being said, I haven’t always had it this easy. I began All-Star cheerleading in third grade. For years after that I was bullied, called a girl, gay. Anything you can think of, I was being called that. But at the end of every day, I had to forget about people that didn’t matter and remain focused on what mattered most to me. And that’s always what makes you happy.

After high school what is something you would like to achieve?

Robinson: After high school, I definitely would like to go to college and pursue a degree in the medical field. I’m not 100% positive as to what field I would like to enter, but I do know that’s where I want to be. As for being in college, I would love to continue cheering.

What got you interested in the medical field?

Robinson: Well, what interested me most in the medical field was the depth of study involved in it. There are SO many branches of this field and I’d love to explore them all. My mom is an RN that works in a prenatal clinic and the things that she does really inspire me to, maybe, become a gynecologist or labor and delivery doctor. The skin interests me a lot, as well as the bones and heart. All in all, many things got me interested in the medical field and I’m beyond ready to graduate and explore it!

Would you say your mom is one of your biggest influences in your life? How has she inspired you in other positive ways?

Robinson: I can 100% say my mom is my biggest influence as well as my biggest supporter and best friend. My mom has always been my rock from being bullied in school, to helping me with homework, to calming me down when I’m stressed out, to even mending my heart when it was broken in two. She has inspired me to be strong, to be kind, and to always treat people with respect. She also taught me to stand up for myself and to not let people run all over me. I love her to death and couldn’t do life without her.

Do you affiliate with any religion that has inspired you or guided you throughout your life as well?

Robinson: I am a Christian. No ifs, ands, or buts about it. I will say this for sure, I wouldn’t be where I am mentally without the help of Jesus Christ. Praying when you’re stressed, praying when you’re weak, or even praying when you’re happy is the best feeling you’ll ever experience. The feelings and emotions that come with being a Christian are amazing and I’d never want it any other way.

Speaking of stress, what would you say is the most challenging part of being in high school?

Robinson: I believe the hardest thing about high school is balancing academics, athletics, and other extracurricular activities along with maintaining a social life. It’s very challenging, but I feel like I’ve pulled it off pretty well this year. I also feel like finding the right group of friends is key to succeeding. Those people will surround you with positive vibes to keep you head strong and happy.