Humans of Laker Nation: Laiken Connor


Seleste Knapp

Q: What was your favorite moment with your friends? 

A: “I remember going to the homecoming game this year, we won. It was a lot of fun. I also reconnected with some friends that I haven’t really seen in a while. We were gonna lose for a minute there but then we pulled it out, in the end, it was just a really good time.”


Q: What was the scariest moment of your life?

A: “Oh, that’s a really tough one. Okay, I remember one time some of my best friends and I went to this tree-like ropes course. It was really scary. I was on, like, one of the hardest courses. And I was doing, in my opinion, the hardest obstacle on that. It was like, I don’t know how to describe it was like these weird seesaws. So, I get to it, my legs are shaking because it was really hard. And I remember I slipped. I was like hanging by the wire. Literally, I was holding on to the wire. I was literally just hanging there. It was so scary. I mean, I had like a harness on but it was still really really scary.”

Q: What do you think your younger self would say to you now?

A: “Honestly, my younger self would probably be really amazed at where I am today. I didn’t really think I could do a lot of stuff out there. I didn’t have a lot of confidence in myself. But now I mean, I’m in high school. I’m doing great. I’ve gotten good grades. I do a lot of extracurriculars. Younger me would just be amazed at how far I’ve come.”


Q: What were you described as a young child? 

A: “Oh, I guess I was kind of like the nerd kid in middle school and stuff. I mean, I was always really smart. I got good grades and stuff but I wasn’t that social.”


Q: Have you overcome any fears? And if so, what were they?

A: “Oh my goodness, I know this is gonna sound really dumb. But when I was little I absolutely hated needles. I noticed that it wasn’t really deep and stuff, but it was literally my worst fear ever. I guess now with just like all this COVID stuff going on and like being sick and stuff, I’m getting shots more frequently. And well, yeah, I guess I’ve just kind of overcome my fear.”

Q: Have you had any big medical issues like injuries that caused you to have an even bigger fear of needles?

A: “No, honestly I’m pretty lucky. I’ve never broken a bone. I haven’t really done anything. The worst thing that’s ever happened to me is I sprained my ankle. I’m so lucky.”


Q: What was your biggest childhood mistake?

A: “My biggest childhood mistake was I kind of tried to be friends with everyone and that led me to have some fake friends down the line and I mean I got rid of them of course but I don’t know I just kind of wish I could go back and tell my younger self “hey, don’t try to make friends with her.” 


Q: Who do you look up to? And why?

A: “Honestly, I have to say that of course, my parents are like my most significant role models ever. They really taught me from a young age, like how to act right? They taught me how to be smart and they taught me how to be resourceful and overall, they’re just really good people too, and it kind of gave me some empathy.