Humans of Seven Lakes: Prom Queen Rania Zoya Shaik

Q: What was the process like for running for prom queen?  

A: It was definitely very last minute. I was actually debating it – during enrichment – if I should post the nomination or not. I was more on the edge of not doing it, but my friends were like, you should just try. It’s senior year. Just give it a shot. So I did. 


Q: How did you feel when you found out you were prom queen? 

A: I honestly don’t even remember. It was pretty shocking and kind of surreal. I was just on stage, trying to make sure not to fall, and people were just directing me places. So it was very surreal. 


Q: Who was one person that made an impact on you during your time at Seven Lakes and how did they impact you? 

A: Definitely my AP Euro teacher Mr. Corb, even though I only had him for senior year. He’s super dedicated to teaching us. You can tell he loves history and he really loves his job, and it’s really inspiring to see that. It definitely got me through a lot of senior year. 


Q: How have you changed from freshman year to now?

A: How have I not changed? I’ve definitely changed. I’ve become a lot more mature. I’ve understood how to talk to people and how to conduct myself a lot better. I think I’ve become closer to who I want to be compared to freshman year. And I’ve also gotten smarter. 


Q: What advice would you give to underclassmen about surviving high school? 

A: Honestly, just take it one day at a time. It’s so overwhelming to think about the whole four years, but as soon as you know it, it’s over and you kind of forget to cherish that stuff that happens on a day to day basis. So yeah, slow and steady. 


Q: What are your plans for after high school? 

A: I’m a [political science] and public health double major at Austin College. And I’m in a pre-law program. So hopefully law school and success. 


Q: What are you most excited about for the future? 

A: Definitely furthering my career. I really want to dedicate as much time to academics as possible before going into the real world. So just learn as much as possible. 


Q: What is one memory from high school that you would want to relive?

A: Probably my first 100 in an AP class. It was so difficult and I studied so hard for it and I was like, I have a chance. It was AP Human Geography in freshman year. I literally failed the first three tests, and I got an 89.5 for semester. It’s academic validation.