May 12, 2016

Ryo's interview at SPHS

Humans of South Pasadena

"Don’t take anything for granted. If you experience anything bad, it’s a lesson—it’s nothing too bad. To me, I know bad. Over in South Pas, we have a really high academic record. Most people think it’s the end of the world if they don’t get into college. I was lucky enough to graduate this year. I think people take the little things too serious."

“Going into high school, my brother was diagnosed with ALS—which is Lou Gehrig’s Disease— it’s a neurodegenerative disease, so your motor functions die off and you end up immobilized, and basically it's a slow process of dying. It’s been progressing for like six years now. It was only supposed to be three years—it's been six years—he’s getting to the point where there’s no hope in getting him back. I feel like that was a big part of high school, and I struggled with it emotionally and academically. I was going through major depression. Junior year and senior year have been nice to me. I hit rock bottom, and I kinda got back up. It’s been a long four years.

I realized that when I was going through a hard time that, what I really needed to do was reach out and ask for help. My brother was a huge part of my life so losing that person I always talked with was a big loss for me. And also since he was the only person that I could really open up to, I never realized what great friends I have until I really built up enough confidence to open up to them. So I am really blessed with the huge amount of support I get from them.”

Ryo Miyasaka

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