What are your after school plans?
I will be attending Cornell University and studying biology.
Is there a particular moment or memory that stands out for you during your time at Niskayuna High School?
There are so many memories that I can think of, everything from the Italy trip and Spanish exchange to being in the Red Zone to cheering on our school. One very significant memory was suturing a chicken thigh in med sci. It was a great experience for me because I hope to become a surgeon and my teacher complimented my suturing abilities which made me feel confident in my future.
I am told you were Vice-president of Latin Club, previous president (junior year), represented NHS World Language Department in Italy trip and Spanish exchange, President of the National Honor Society, Unified Sports Member, Varsity Girls Soccer Player, member of the Women in Leadership Club – could you go into how and why you joined those clubs and your favorite memory?
I joined many clubs to diversify my learning outside of the classroom. I made many friends through clubs and I am appreciative of the High School offering a variety of clubs and activities. A memory that stands out is when the Unified players were recognized by the town. Unified is a great program that promotes inclusion and team work and I am grateful to have had been a part of the team. I encourage other students to join and take advantage of the opportunity to be a part of something special.
Is there an achievement or contribution that you are most proud of?
The contribution I am proudest of is tutoring other students. It was great to help them study or with their homework and assist them in gaining a better understanding of the material. It was even better when they came back and felt proud of their work and grades.
What was your favorite thing about high school?
The amazing teachers that I was lucky enough to have throughout my 4 years of high school. I feel that the teachers at NHS are unlike any others. They care for their students and I was able to form great relationships with all of them. I enjoyed my classes, no matter the subject, because of the teachers’ dedication.
Were you a part of any sports, extracurricular activities, clubs, etc.?
I was on the JV and Varsity Soccer teams and the Unified Basketball team as well as a part of National Honor Society, Latin Club, Relay for Life, Women in Leadership Club, and the Academic Resource Center.
If you could give your freshman self advice, what would it be?
Enjoy every day of high school because it comes to an end too quickly. Remember to be grateful for your teachers and the high school staff. And don’t forget to bring your gym clothes home on March 13th, 2020.
Where do you hope to see yourself in five years?
I hope to be in medical school and still in a NY state of mind.
What will you miss about high school?
Homeroom because I was lucky enough to have had an amazing teacher and friends in Latin club homeroom and in the National Honor society homeroom where our two advisors always made it fun and we had breakfast every Friday. I always felt better going to homeroom because it was a time to discuss whatever was happening that day, cram for a test next block, share stories, and laugh a lot.
What piece of content (TV show, YouTube channel, book, etc.) do you think everyone should know about and that you recommend and why?
I recommend the book Educated by Tara Westover. It is a memoir that takes the reader through the life of a woman that longs for education, something many of us take for granted.