In her life she has learned that there is no running away from anything. It may be easier to find fault and believe that what is needed is an external change but there you still are, just you. Wherever she went she was followed by herself, and she learned to take care of herself and not rely on a man or on her family.
There is no turning back from what’s in front of you. You have to accept yourself to follow the path that you have set up for yourself.
She came to Orange County where we are all supposed to look a certain way, act a certain way, and be this certain type of person because of how television portrays Orange County, it was tough for her to come into that type of place. However, she learned from her move to Orange County that even though you have a change of scenery, you still have to change yourself to make sure that you are okay with who you are.
“It’s always you, you and friends, you and relationships, you and school. If you’re not okay with you, then how can you be okay with what else is out there?”
Scott used the word “self” a lot. She knows how important it is to be authentic and that it’s okay to be you. She challenges all of us to be authentic and to try to stay true to who we are as our lives progress.
“Being authentic is hard, being authentic is gutsy, and being authentic is a challenge every single day.” When you are authentic it’s not about making others happy, but making yourself happy with whom you are.
There was a quote that her mother always told her as a child; it is “to choose joy”. To do things in life that will make you happy. Until you are a truly happy person you will not be able to make anyone else happy so she feels it’s important to take care of yourself and celebrates life’s lessons.
Scott admits that at the end of the day it’s always been her and that until you value yourself, you won’t be able to move forward and find joy in your life. She says that discovering yourself is an ongoing process, she may be okay with whom she is but it was no easy task for her to get to that point.
Scott is not married which was the determining factor in her actually doing a Mesa talk because she wanted to talk to the students about being happy even though your path might be different than what you originally planned.
She grew up in Tucson, Arizona and attended the University of Arizona where she was involved in a sorority, helping better the community, and supporting the school’s football team. She majored in theater arts which allowed her to better her public speaking skills. Her mother was a third grade teacher and the greatest role model in her life. She says that she was “supportive, honest, inspiring, and a remarkable person”. At the age of five she had decided that she wanted to be a teacher and her personality clicked with high school students, so she began her career as a high school teacher.
When asked about Scott’s Mesa talk, Jackie Waldron said, “It was really good, I really liked it, and I love her!” Jackie says that she is the kind of teacher whose always there for her students and that she knows that she will do anything she can to try to help.
Scott loves teaching because she gets the opportunity to make special connections with some of her students and help them in their lives.
“Ms. Scott is the best thing that has ever happened to Costa Mesa High School. She works hard, she inspires students, herself as well as ASB has brought so much positivity and school spirit to the school.” Mr. Poveda says when asked about his colleague.