Humans of Northwood: Pedro Gonzalez Gonzalo ’23

“I want to let people know that doing a favor for someone, although you don’t get a reward for it, is sometimes the most fulfilling thing in life and that if you are my friend, I will always be there for you.

“I grew up in a town in Madrid, 20 minutes from the city. As a kid, I lived various experiences, but the ones that stuck with me the most were all the differences with my friends because, you know, being a skier from Spain is a little bit weird. It’s not that we don’t have snow—of course, we do—but it’s not the most common sport to be into because people don’t do the sport as much as soccer, and you have to go every day to the mountain which is not close to my house, and it only snows in the mountains.

“Anyways, the point is that I was so committed to the sport at such a young age that traveling a lot and skipping a lot of school was weird for my friends and me. I remember fighting a lot with my parents to skip races so I could hang out with my friends, but they showed me that if I wanted something, I would have to prioritize it and sacrifice some of the other things I wanted to do. So, ultimately, I learned to be independent when I traveled away from home, and when I came back, I had to solve all the school-related problems with the teachers. It also showed me to appreciate the short time we spend with our friends and family and that you must squeeze the juice of those moments.

“My biggest passion is Alpine skiing, but in general, I’m really into outdoor-related activities, especially anything that has to do with mountains and cold, such as rock climbing, ice climbing, alpinism, etc. Although I am from Spain, soccer has always been a part of my life as other sports such as basketball and tennis. Outside of sports, I also love to program Arduino and 3D modeling, and sometimes I try to replicate engineering projects that I find on YouTube channels.”

As Told to Cedric Lemaire ’24. Photo by Mr. Michael Aldridge.


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