By: Abigail DesVergnes
As the first week of June approaches, local high school seniors are anticipating the “seal the deal” moment of their high school careers as they’ll march to the beat of “Pomp and Circumstance,” receive their diplomas, and toss their caps high up into the air.
Before that day, seniors are wrapped up in their final moments of high school: graduation rehearsals, year book signings, receptions and other senior activities take place.
Within these last moments, students are consumed with a mixture of emotions and are left to reflect on their high school careers, including the ups and the downs.
As the graduating class of 2017’s year comes to a close, seniors of Attleboro High School would like to share advice with the upcoming freshman class of 2021 on what they enjoyed, what could’ve gone better, and the memories they’ll cherish for the rest of their lives.
AHS senior Abbey Goldstein will be attending Salem State next year for social work and suggests all incoming freshmen understand that it is okay to be yourself. As the Dr. Seuss quote goes: “Today you are you. That is truer than true, there is no one alive who is you-er than you.”
For Goldstein, she strongly believes that her self advocacy was a major reason for her success in high school. “Gravitate toward whatever makes you feel like you, and you will go far,” she said, adding, “It’s okay to be scared. Even the guys who stand at 6’5’’ were once scared, just always know that everyone has a place and there’s something for everyone in high school.
Staying true to who you are is something that pulled at the heartstrings of AHS senior Kevin Chenard throughout his high school career.
Chenard, who will be attending the University of Rhode Island to study communications in the fall said, “You can spend so much time trying to fit in so people will like you, that you will lose track of who you really are.”
During Chenard’s freshman and sophomore years he said he spent most of his time trying to impress others, something he now “deeply regrets.”
“When everyone is trying to tear you down, rise up. Finding your voice and standing up for your own opinions is a very liberating experience. Never let anyone walk all over you. ”
Chloe Vieira, another senior at AHS suggests that next year’s freshman take risks.As a freshman in a big school with many unfamiliar faces, Vieira believes it’s easy to feel lost and insignificant, but it’s important to “never be scared.”
Join any after school activity you can, whether it’s student council, a sport or club Vieira said. She thought her times during track and soccer were where she made her best memories, and formed the strongest friendships.
“Take a deep breath and go for it,” she said. “Freshmen should never be afraid to open up and try new things. You never know who you’ll meet or what undiscovered, hidden talents and interests you may have.”
AHS senior Stephanie Pan, who will be attending the Massachusetts College of Arts and Design in September, said she will miss all the high school events, including dances, fundraisers, concerts, plays and sporting events.
Her advice to incoming freshmen: “Don’t take anything for granted. Everything will be over in a flash.”
“Although school seems like it’s painfully slow while you’re in it, once it’s finally over you will feel as if it went by in a matter of seconds.”