Happiness is Key for Aurora West Senior Aissata Watt

Life can be challenging, especially for high school seniors. While striving to succeed academically, prepare for college and career success, work and volunteer, they also aim to maintain rich social lives.

It is easy to see how it could be difficult to juggle it all, but while Aurora West College Preparatory Academy Senior Aissata Watt continually crushes her goals, she makes happiness her top priority.

Watt, the eighth of nine siblings, established this mindset at an early age, citing her mother as an inspiration.

“My mom does her best all the time,” said Watt. “She has shown me that even if everything is not the best, you can still be happy with what you have.”

This outlook propelled Watt to new heights. She will join her brother as a first-generation high school graduate and pave the way as a first-generation college student—a wonderful example to her third-grade brother. The soon-to-be Class of 2019 graduate has set her sights on helping others and being the change she wishes to see in the world.

Although her path to do so is not yet clear, Watt is interested in studying Political Science and English at the University of Denver. But while DU may have caught her attention for being beautiful, lively and close to home, what excites Watt the most about college is establishing her true independence.

“Happiness is doing what I want instead of what other people want,” she expressed.

Until her dorm days come, Watt plans to wrap up senior year by continuing to excel in her classes and make waves in her school’s National Honor Society, Student Council, Leadership and a host of other clubs.

We can’t wait to see Watt walk across the stage in her cap and gown to accept her well-earned high school diploma in May.