Austin Crossley from Conard High School

Austin Crossley

Senior high school student at Conard High School

West Hartford, CT, USA


Last updated December 31, 2020

One Sentence About Me  

I am embracing the journey as I am learning that in moments of indecision, dreams are not fulfilled - Thanks Marc Dussault; going with my gut

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Who I Am  

A Little About Me

I am Austin Davis Crossley a college bound Conard High School senior, West Hartford, Connecticut. Many words describe me but I would describe my greatest strength as having tenacity. A snapshot of where I have been and my actions today, keeps me focused on pursuing my dreams. Statistics do not begin to speak about lives that are forever changed due to injury, emotional and mental health problems caused by addiction. It doesn’t speak of the families that are destroyed. My story does; I have a voice. My mom and sister have the disease of addiction and it has had a big effect on me. Some of these effects are measurable, often the turmoil inside is not. My parents got divorced when I was young and our suburban family life on Long Island was forever gone. My dad, and my mom’s family lived nearby. We lived with my mom; until we didn’t. My mom began to drink, starting blacking out and became abusive. New York State Child Protective Services got involved. My dad fought hard and he was awarded custody of us. Within days of the Judges decision, we moved to Connecticut. We lived with my dad, his parents and began the next chapter of our lives. My mom was not there for important things or even the little things. I used to cringe when kids would ask me where my mom was. At 14, I was diagnosed with PTSD and anxiety. My tenacity kept me focused on my school work, after school clubs, my family, the gym, and working at Target. It has kept a spirit of determination in me. At the gym, we joke about the fire in our belly. Conard’s school principal selected me to serve on the Principal’s Advisory Committee. Within weeks of being part of the store’s opening crew, Target’s management team selected me to supervise and train new team members on the selling floor. I have learned to appreciate and enjoy being with my mom. She lives in the Bronx, NY which is an interesting place! I am there for my sister’s successes and struggles. My dad and I are tight. He is a Registered Nurse who supports us and our new blended family on his own. COVID 19 has been especially crazy as he works in a large hospital in Hartford, CT. Life experience also brings out my greatest weakness. I can be hard on myself and too caring about others. For example, I am in AP classes and I find myself as the go to guy in study hall. My grade in one class slipped because I prepared less for myself. I get aggravated with myself when I don’t strike the right balance. I have to get over this! My dream is to complete college in four years with as little debt as possible. When I go, my tenacity and caring for others will come with me!

Interesting Factoid

I taught my mom how to throw a football.


Countries Visited

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China
South Korea
Switzerland
Italy
Mexico
Canada

What I Do  

Professional Experience

Check Out Advocate (fun marketing title), FOS Trainer

Jul 2019 - Present
My role varies from shift to shift but I work wherever needed in the front of the store with guests. In the first month of my employment I was asked to work in Asset Protection. I had to remind them that I was 16 and not eligible to do so! After three months of employment, the management team made me a Front of the Store Trainer which is pretty cool. I work with new hires to get them in the flow of the store. The team at the store I am at (Bishops Corner, West Hartford, CT) works really well together. Management knows I am all business but enjoys my humor and my low key style. I appreciate that they appreciate how I represent the brand! They wanted me to go into their management training program, but they know college first. Maybe they'll pay for my grad school should I go that route, but first things first!

What I Stand For  

Social Causes

No Bullying
Kindness Matters
Equality
Teens and Mental Health
Health and Fitness

Volunteer Experience

WEHA At Your Service

West Hartford, CT, USA

Apr 2020 - Present
Volunteer grocery shopper for elderly, high risk, and homebound members of West Hartford and neighboring communities during COVID 19. Delivered groceries to their door.
Farmington, CT, USA

May 2019 - Mar 2020
Checked in and assisted in answering questions when blood donors arrived at Farmington and neighboring sites
+2 more experiences

Favorites  

Hobbies

Playing hoops, hiking, kayaking, exploring New York City with my mom, family time
Working Out/Exercising
Traveling Abroad

Food & Drinks

My sister's spaghetti bolonase
Chic Fil A, Steak, Grilled Chicken, Chicken Parm, Salmon, Sushi, Grandmothers Fried Eggplant,
Chocolate Cake, Protein Shakes, Protein Bars

Games

Madden, NBA 2k, Warzone, Mario Kart, Fortnite
Blackjack, Texas Holdem
Monopoly, Clue, Heads Up, Apples to Apples

Music Genres, Groups & Artists

Jazz
Lounge Music
Christmas
Rock
Rap
Pop

Drake, Frank Sinatra, Bruce Springsteen, Elton John, Chris Brown, Elvis Presley,
Lil Uzi Vert, Playboi Carti, Lil Baby, Gunna, J. Cole, Kendrick Lamar,

Sports, Teams, Athletes

Basketball, Football, Baseball, Hockey, Olympics

Boston Celtics, Boston Red Sox, Boston Bruins, New England Patriots

Tom Brady, Julian Edelman, Jason Tatum, Patrice Bergeron, Zdeno Chara, Rob Gronkowski, Julian Edelman, Kobe Bryant, Lebron James, Colin Kaepernick, Xander Boegarts, Andrew Benetendi, Cam Newton, Stephon Gilmore
Sue Bird, Diana Taurasi, Serena Williams, Venus Williams, Mike Tyson, Tiger Woods, Muhammad Ali

Movies, TV Shows, Actors & Actresses

All James Bond, Grand Torino, The Godfather
Black Panther, Avengers (all of them), Iron Man, Captain America
Harry Potter, the Dark Knight, IT, the Polar Express

Big Bang Theory, Narcos

Dwayne Johnson, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Robert De Niro, Oprah Winfrey, Robert Downey Jr, Daniel Craig, Tom Cruise, Chris Evans, Matt Damon, Ben Affleck, Joe Pesci, Kevin Hart, Jeremy Renner
Viola Davis

Brands

Nike, Adidas, Polo, GNC, BPN Supplements, Timberland, Colgate

Bucket List  

Austin Crossley

Travel to Australia, Hike around, no not up the Matterhorn, Go see kids at St. Judes Hospital - I always see their commercials on TV, Climb to the crown of the Statue of Liberty, Would be amazing to meet Jerry Seinfeld, Do some interesting business/marketing internships in college that offer unique perspectives both in the profit and not for profit sectors, Make a difference

Education  

School

Conard High School West Hartford, CT USA (Senior) - Accepted to DePaul, Siena, Edicott and U of Tampa Early Decision Waiting to hear from Bryant and Bentley

College will be Business/Marketing

Sep 2017 - Present

Clubs and Communities

Principals Advisory Committee

Officer

Sep 2019 - Present
Group of students selected by our principal Julio Duarte who discuss topics/issues in our school and how we can help solve them and grow in better directions.

Habitat for Humanity Club

Co-President

Oct 2019 - Present
A group of student volunteers that coordinates fundraisers and other activities on behalf of Habitat for Humanity. I help lead discussions and find opportunities that are of interest to the larger student body to assist this organization.
+2 more clubs and communities

Academic Interests

AP English
AP History
AP
AP Environmental Science
Financial Literacy
Pre-Calculus
Maximum Honors Grades 7 - 12

Extracurricular Activities

JV Football Player
Big Sky Gym