Humans of LQHS: Sonia Krisanova’s introspective insight

As she looks out her window, Sonia Krisanova sees palm trees, carefree attitudes, and a rich cultural diversity. Ten years ago, she saw a vastly different picture: a bustling city, grand, old architecture, and a fast-paced way of life. 

Sonia Krisanova ‘21 is a senior at La Quinta High School. At first glance, she might strike you as your average high school student: she is an International Baccalaureate scholar and former athlete.

However, upon looking deeper, one will find that she is much much more. Krisanova is an immigrant from Ukraine, an aspiring philosopher, and a music and literature enthusiast. 

Krisanova moved to the United States when she was 7-years-old, but prior to that, she lived in the capital city of Odessa in Ukraine. 

Immigrating to a new country and moving across the world at such a young age while adapting to a whole new language and culture proved to be a struggle for her. 

The mindset of a country leaves a big cultural imprint on you and stays in your subconscious mentality,” she said, “which makes it harder to adapt to something new at such a young age.” 

However, Krisanova was able to adapt and overcome her struggles, and establish a happy life in the States. She credits music—specifically the ‘90s punk rock scene—and literature for helping her get through the darker times in her life. 

“I think music can really bring us together and help us to fight within ourselves and overcome our fears and toxic tendencies,” Krisanova said. “They have helped me overcome my fears by helping me relate to people and realize that I’m not the only one dealing with my struggles.”