Q&A by Madison Elliot
As the school year comes to an end, many of Snider’s seniors are reflecting back on their high school experience. Although graduation is near and can’t come any sooner, the end of this era can be bittersweet. During the past four years, memories to be remembered for a lifetime were made, making it hard to let go of this part of life and move on to the next chapter. Kyaw Lin has answered some questions regarding the high school experience and the reflections that come with graduation.
Q: What was your favorite part of high school?
A: “I would say my favorite part of high school was not only figuring out how to step out of my comfort zone and acclimate to the interactive nature of high school, but it was meeting some amazing people to do that with that made the whole experience more enjoyable.”
Q: What was your favorite year of high school?
A: “My favorite year of high school would have to be senior year. Although the endless stream of tears didn’t show it, senior year was the year I was able to really mature as a person and cause a beneficial impact on the school.”
Q: What was the hardest part of high school?
A: “The hardest part of high school for me would have to be trying not to say yes to everything or join every activity because figuring out a timely study schedule was already hard enough.”
Q: Who was your favorite teacher?
A: “I never really had one favorite teacher because I was lucky enough to have multiple influential role models. Mr. Grotemat somehow managed to make an AP Government and an AP Economics class into a class full of humor, Ms. O’Reilly has never missed a beat when it comes to complimenting me every day when I walk into the classroom, and although Mr. Hissong is a principal and not a teacher, working on activities with him, I was able to see how passionate he is about making our school a happy place to be. It’s teachers like these who have helped make high school feel a bit more like home.”
Q: What was your favorite class/subject?
A: “I would say biomed has been one of my favorite classes because I love coming up with ideas for presentations and presenting them in a way that half the class won’t be asleep as soon as the lights shut off.”
Q: What tips do you have for your underclassmen?
A: “I really hope that the underclassmen learn to focus on themselves first and foremost, then worry about school or other extraneous things later. This was a concept that I really didn’t end up grasping until second semester of my senior year, but when I did, it became clear to me that nothing should have really taken precedence if my happiness didn’t come first.”
Q: What were your favorite activities/groups you participated in?
A: “Hands down, student council and spirit squad have really pushed me to branch out to everyone I know and don’t know. I have created so many charitable activities through those organizations, so I hope those organizations continue to be impactful when the seniors graduate.”
Q: How would you rate your overall high school experience?
A: “I would say high school has seemed like a never ending road trip–although you always see new scenery and meet new people along the way, it can feel tiresome, but in the end, it’s a trip you can always look back on a have a laugh about.”
Q: What would you change about your high school experience?
A: “I wish I had been more studious for the sake of my grades, and I wish I had done more to reach out to everyone and make sure they had someone to talk to because although I did branch out, I could see that the Snider School Spirit needed to be shared with some people.”
Q: What will you miss most about high school?
A: “I think I’ll miss being stuck in seven classes a day for about an hour each because those seven periods forced me to talk to the people in those classes, and as a result of that, I was able to meet so many people and make so many friends that I will never forget.”