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Bahrain Middle High School

Mediterranean District

Name: Abigail Perdew

What do you plan on doing after graduation?
I will be attending the U.S. Naval Academy pursuing an education in Economics/ Arabic.

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?
My favorite school memories all involve participating in cultural field trips. In Korea, I loved visiting the traditional Korean villages, speaking Korean with the shop owners, eating delicious Kimbap and Bulgogi, and wearing my Hanbok to school. In Bahrain, I enjoyed touring the oldest city of Muharraq, practicing my Arabic, visiting the Grand Mosque, and getting Henna. At International Day, I learned the Merengue and I tasted food from all over the world. The best school memories are those in which I was able to learn about other cultures and experience how they live. I loved being able to travel around the world and meeting people of all cultures.

What will you miss most as you look back on your DoDDS-Europe overseas school experience?
I will miss the people in DoD schools. DoD Schools are famous for their community atmosphere; the school becomes a supporting family in which everyone works together to succeed. All the students are extremely friendly and welcoming, and there are interesting people from many different backgrounds. DoDDS teachers are the best teachers in the world; they strive to help their students succeed. Many of my teachers have become close friends that I look up to and whose advice I value.

What advice would you give to the current underclassmen?
Your high school experience will only be as good as you make it. I encourage every student to be involved in their remaining high school years; life is too short to sit on the bench and watch people live around you. Take the initiative and lead your school; help make your high school experience the best four years of your life. The more involved you are in school activities, the more pleasant memories you will have.

Where do you see yourself in 10 years?
In 10 years I see myself serving my country in the United States Marine Corps or Navy, as an attache or FAO. I would really like to work with diplomacy in the Middle East. After the military, I would like to work in the State Department, hopefully working in third-world countries as a development economist.