What’s Next: Will be studying biology on the pre-med track at University of Virginia. After undergrad, I hope to continue onto medical school with hopes of becoming a physician, potentially concentrating in dermatology.
What does being named salutatorian mean to you: Being named salutatorian is simply a gratifying culmination of the effort I’ve put into academics. It doesn’t change my identity as a student, but simply shows me that my hard work was worth it.
Who/what motivates you: I think the most motivating factor for me is my own satisfaction. It’s not a great feeling when you finish a task, and you know that it wasn’t your best work. I would say I am motivated by the opposite feeling when I know that the work I’ve put in represents that of my best ability.
What words of advice can you give to your fellow 2022 classmates: To remember to not take yourselves too seriously. It’s important to push yourself academically and otherwise, but at the end of the day, nothing is worth it if you’re not enjoying what you’re doing. Therefore, it’s important to have a social life, have hobbies, and realize that everything will turn out alright.
What was your favorite thing about Shenendehowa: One of my favorite things about Shen was how diverse the student body was. In my senior sociology class, it was really fun to have many different cultural and socioeconomic perspectives. My teacher, Miss Saddlemire, did a great job at cultivating healthy discussion and making the class fun.