What do you plan on doing after graduation? I will be attending Harvard College with a Naval ROTC scholarship and majoring in economics with a minor in government.
What are some of your favorite school memories that you will take with you as you on to the next chapter of your life? The close bond I developed with my Cross Country team during my junior year is definitely unforgettable. We took third place in Europe that year, but that is insignificant; the wonderful times we had together are what really matters. The only memories that could surpass that season are my experiences with Model U.S. Senate and my trip to Washington D.C. with the Senate Youth Program. I will never forget the long nights of planning and the fun I had in spite of them while serving with my fellow student board members during Model U.S. Senate. If that was fun, the Senate Youth Program was amazing. The remarkable people I met there, especially my fellow delegates, made that program the best week of my life.
What will you miss most as you look back on your DoDDS-Europe overseas school experience? I am naturally going to miss the amazing experience that is simply living in Europe. Being able to pack up and go see something that you literally just read about in your history book is an opportunity of a lifetime. However, I would be wrong if I said that this is what I am going to miss most. The amazing community I have grown to know and love will definitely leave the biggest hole in my heart. My teachers, my colleagues, my friends, and most of all my family will be sorely missed. Wherever I go, I will never be able to replicate the remarkable feeling that is living in a military community.
What advice would you give to the current underclassmen? Stay focused in high school, but focus on what you love to do. Don’t play sports, participate in activities, or do well in school just for the accolades you may receive. Do everything you choose to do simply because you love to do it. Get good grades because you love learning, not because you will receive an award at the end of the year. Participate in activities because you are passionate about what you are doing, not because you need to impress a college. If you truly pursue your passion in life, everything will naturally fall in its place.
Where do you see yourself in 10 years? In ten years, I will be serving in the U.S. Navy as a naval aviator or a surface warfare officer. It will be around that time when I will also have to make one of the next big decisions of my life. I will have completed my service requirement for NROTC and I will need to ask myself one simple question – should I stay in the navy or enter the civilian world? But that is still ten years away; I still have college to experience!