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12/30/2013 10:17:00 AM
Hinojosa plans to pursue film, animation
Tiffany Hinojosa
Tiffany Hinojosa

Tiffany Hinojosa, 17, the daughter of Dee Ann and Nabor Hinojosa Jr., said of her plans for the future, "After I graduate, I plan to attend The University of Texas at Austin to study in animation and filming, but I currently don't plan to stay there. My dream college is in another state, and I hope to transfer there to continue my studies after my first two years of adjusting to the college life here in Texas."

While at AHS, she has been a member of band, the Academic Octathlon squad, UlL and National Hispanic Institute; and is currently in National Honor Society, Art Club, and considering other activities such as BPA.

She said, "My accomplishments include ranking in the Top 20 of my class every year since freshman year and being inducted in National Honor Society my sophomore year. I've made it to region in both UIL and National History Day, as well as being a member of the Octathlon State Champions. I was also a finalist in the Congressional Art Competition."

What was the best advice you ever received?
At first, I didn't take it as advice, but someone once told me, "What you do is really great. You should enjoy it more." Being me, I'm always moving on from one thing to the next. I never stop to just enjoy life or praise myself on my own accomplishments. I'm learning now to take pride in what I do best and to enjoy everything life brings to me, no matter how simple or if it's not what I want.

Where do you see yourself in five years?
To be honest, I haven't looked that far into the future yet. The farthest I truly ever like to think is, "Next week," because the future, just like the past, is currently not here. We only have today and should do the best with today. In five years, I just hope to be happy, having graduated college and working towards what I love to do.

If you could change anything about this world, what would it be and why?
I would increase people's ability to empathize and place themselves in others' shoes. Eliminate the idea of separation (of "us" and "them") to create a global "family tolerance" and cooperation between everyone. With basic understanding, people can connect, remain peaceful, and respectfully walk beside each other. Everyone is completely different, inside and out, and if we learned to understand and work with each other through our different beliefs, many problems could come to a solution.

If you could invite three people to dinner, who would it be and why?
would invite John Lasseter, Hayao Miyazaki and Tim Burton. Each of these men have developed completely different means of storytelling and depicting it, but each one is remarkable because of that differentiation. I would like to ask them about the importance of creativity, tips to creating a story and their own method of doing it, and how to stick with the child essence of animation after years and years of growing up.

Food: California club sandwich
Book: "The Night Torn Mad with Footsteps" by Charles Bukowski
Movie: "Toy Story 3"
Town in Texas: San Antonio
Vacation spot: Home

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