Alaina Roberts overcomes new challenges


Photo by Grace Poston

There is no one formula to life, and Alaina Roberts struggled with finding the solution to answer the unpredictability questions of reality.

Q: Tell me about the earliest time you ever felt the need for situations to be predictable.

A: I started moving around a lot when I was little. For example,  we moved into our second house by the time I was three, and then we moved out of that one by the time I was six. So I’ve moved around but it was in the same town and my family was with me so nothing really mattered then since I was that little. But the first time I think I needed something to be predictable was after my grandparents passed away, when I was seven.

Q: How does this influence school and your daily life?

A:Things are different everyday. Things will always be changing. I will always be adjusting. And even though I like knowing what is going to happen, it doesn’t mean that I think that’s how it is always going to be. I know things are always changing and i adjust ,well i’ve learned to adjust to change well. Even though I like things being predictable, that doesn’t always mean it’s a good thing and change is good too, but as for  it affects everyday? I like knowing what we are going to do today by looking at the agenda and I like being able to write things down. That’s why I like math so much. I like knowing something that’s so calculated and that you are always going to get a right answer, and that’s why I like math in a sense.

Q: Has this ever caused any problems?

A:Yes. I’ve become more adjusted to things and change within the last two years, because of middle school. But, I’m still resistant to it sometimes. So the idea of Whitney, well I love it here at Whitney now , but let’s see… last summer, a couple of months ago, I was not for it. I loved my life at Spring View. It was simple, easy, and predictable, very predictable. I knew what my day was going to be like. So I didn’t want to come here. I knew I had to move on and go on, but I didn’t want to go to high school. I liked my little bubble.

Q: Has your approach to change evolved as you deal with more and more unpredictable situations being thrown at you?

A:Yes. My approach to change has definitely changed as stuff happens because when I was little and before we moved, changes were just small and you could resist them. It was like if you just forgot about it or just kept behaving as though everything was the same, then it wouldn’t matter. But as changes became bigger and more influential on your life, then you start to adjust and begin to realize that you have to be approachable to change. You have to accept it.

Q: How have you learned to adjust to change? Are there any specific ways or things you  do to help or lessons you have learned?

A: Moving away to Washington and starting at a new school was the way I started learning about how to adjust because I  was in a new campus, didn’t know anybody and didn’t have any friends there. So I started to simply  approach people and talk to them, and that’s how I was able to cope with a lot of change, was by just branching out and trying to accept it.