Humans of Annandale: Brian Mercado

Very early on, I developed a mindset to do my best in whatever activity I chose to do. These activities would be things like high level courses, sports or music to name a few.

I would tell myself that if I am choosing to do an activity that will take up a lot of my time, I might as well try to be good at it. This has helped me do well in school.

Along with this mindset, helping out others was also something I set my mind to. I have always enjoyed helping others, and watching them be successful, thanks to my help, makes me happy. I carry the saying “treat others how you want to be treated” very close to me and incorporate it into my everyday actions.

This year, I am a member of the National English Honor Society. I am also an active tutor in the Annandale Writing Center, a club I joined my sophomore year. I also play soccer in the spring and run track in the winter.

I am part of the Wind Ensemble, and I participated in the all-district band for district 10 last year, which is a group consisting of high school band students from different schools across our district who audition to get in the group. In all these activities, I have a fun time working with other students to reach a common goal.

In my free time, I like to hang out with friends and explore different parts of Northern Virginia. I also go biking, play soccer, listen to music and play Destiny with friends. I also like to try new food from restaurants around the area.
Annandale and Northern Virginia are very diverse and have many restaurants, which also means a huge food selection to try from. It’s nice trying food from different countries and cultures.

After high school, I plan on going to college, most likely George Mason University or maybe University of Virginia or Virginia Tech. I am currently interested in studying aerospace engineering.

I believe that in the coming decades, there will be major advancements in rockets and space exploration, and I want to be a part of that. My long term goal is to take what I have studied and go to Bolivia to help communities in need.

I will admit, thinking about the future gives me a bit of anxiety, but also excitement to see what I can really accomplish. But, for now, I hope to get more involved in my school and community and enjoy my time in high school.