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Sources of Strength: sophomore Mary Racz discusses the importance of family

Compiled by John Guibas and Tejpal Virdi

You may have lots of people in your life, but no one will ever love you like your family. From the first moments of life, you depend on family to take care of you. Family is a place where you get to be yourself, a place where you are accepted for who you are, and a place to turn to when you need help. For these reasons, Family Support is a crucial source of strength for many students at Gunn.

In this Q and A, sophomore Mary Racz shares her views on Family Support and what it means to her. Her story will inspire all students across Gunn and will remind students of the role our families take in our lives.

Sources of Strength:  Who is in your family?

Mary Racz: Mother, Father, three brothers (one older, two younger.)

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Mary holds her brother William after he is born.

SS: In what ways do you look up to your older brother? What is your relationship like with your younger brothers?

MR: I spend a lot of time helping take care of my younger brothers, and I play a huge role in their lives. I help them with homework, take care of them, and I can tell they look up to me and view me as a second mommy. I also play with them constantly, and we have a lot of fun together. My relationship with my brothers is very important to me, and it is a really great thing in my life.

SS: How does your family affect your everyday life?

MR: My family is always there to support me and offer advice or insight on everyday problems, and they push for me to do my best always.

SS: Share an example of how your family has helped you overcome a challenge. How has that shaped who you are today?

MR: My mom has always dedicated herself to volunteering at our schools and doing everything she can to help out anyone. Since I was in kindergarten, my mom has always been in the classroom or in the library helping to fundraise or lend a hand to anyone who needs it. Because she has always been so invested in our educations and the community we live in, it has raised my appreciation for the things given to me.

SS:  Who do you look up to the most in your family? What is your relationship with them?

MR: I look up to my older brother, Charlie, the most. He is strong, confident and strives for greatness in everything he does. He is devoted to his studies and is an exceptional student, but has also managed to maintain healthy relationships with those around him. He protects, looks out for me and brings me so much joy, and I am extremely thankful to have him, not only as a brother, but as a friend too. He has the biggest heart, and he is my go-to person for advice. I can trust him with anything.

SS: What does family mean to you?

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Mary and Charlie pose in front of the camera.

MR: Family, to me, means having a group of people who, no matter what, will love and care for you, while always having your best interest at heart. They support you but also push you, and no matter what happens, you know that they will always be there for you. They provide a safe and welcoming environment where you aren’t afraid to be who you are.

SS: Explain the importance of family.

MR: My family really is the most important thing in my life. Life can be tough, and it is extremely difficult to maintain good grades, healthy relationships, and overall keep myself feeling alright. Whenever I struggle academically, I can always go to my dad for help, and he is delighted to help out. If I ever have a tough time with friends, or just my overall emotions, I know I can always turn to my parents and my older brother. Without this kind of support it would be impossible for me to make it through these kinds of challenges.

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