In 2010, Brandon Stanton began Humans of New York as a photography project. Somewhere along the way, he started not only asking for pictures of his subjects but their stories too. This feature series is entirely inspired by Humans of New York. To determine who will be interviewed for this feature, all 500+ students at McNicholas are compiled in a list and then sorted by a randomized generator, which picks the interviewee. For this edition, the “Human of McNick” is senior Allison Vaughn
When I met with Allison, I asked her what her favorite thing about life is right now, and this was her response:
“It’s kind of a weird answer, but it’s my anticipation about college and just knowing that there are new things coming. Not that I’m bored with my life right now, but it’s going to be very different next year, and I’m excited about that. I got a full scholarship to Eastern Kentucky University to play soccer. I am so excited to play [at the collegiate level] because my goal is to play club [soccer] my whole life. Some people want to go pro and that’s their goal but mine is just [to play] in college and club.
I got a scholarship offer and I didn’t really think about it. Everyone on my team was going to college [for soccer] too but then I sat back and actually thought about it and realized that it’s a pretty cool thing.
I’ve played soccer since I was two and then I quit because I hated it. Then randomly when I was six I got back in to it and I loved it and just kept training. Soccer has definitely taught me that life is not always going to go your way but you can still change that and your attitude about it. Bad things will happen and you’ll get hurt or you won’t make a team, but your response has to be something to change it. Kinda like E+R=O. Sorry to say that but literally, you can’t control everything, but you can work to make it what you want it to be.”