SHAPE High School
Name: Annelise Blanchard
What do you plan on doing after graduation?
I will be attending Tulane University, currently I am undecided in a major, Liberal Arts are of interest to me.
What are some of your favorite school memories that you will take with you as you move on to the next chapter of your life?
The best part of high school has been the multitude of laughs I've shared with my friends. We laugh a lot: at lunch, in classes, during awkward moments. We still don't have "real world" worries, and we know it. All the activities I've participated--especially theater, Model U.S. Senate, Model U.N.--have been tinged with that wonderful, carefree laughter.
What will you miss most as you look back on your DoDDS-Europe overseas school experience?
The diversity and open-mindedness. DoDDS-E is full of small schools where the student population constantly shifts, and everyone hails from a different part of the country (or at SHAPE, from different parts of the globe). I have learned so much about perspectives that contrast with my own. Everyone here has been forced to adopt a broad world view, and that just isn't true for most places.
What advice would you give to the current underclassmen?
About grades: colleges do look at all four years, so try to make an effort even as a freshman and sophomore (middle school doesn't count). High school is the time where you're still allowed to be irresponsible (thank you, parents) so take advantage of it. If high school doesn't live up to the American dream version, don't worry, that's true for everyone. Take lots of pictures! You will get old soon and forget.
Where do you see yourself in 10 years?
I see myself with a college degree and starting my career. I also see myself staying up late every night reading voraciously and spouting off random Harry Potter trivia to anyone who comes near me.