By: Yamilex Mendoza
Samueli Academy Seniors are 5 months away from graduating, and what is to expect after their high school career?
This year’s seniors will be the first graduating class of the school, and they are looking forward to the next step of their life. “I am excited to look at what my life after high school consists of. I look forward to many new things after graduating,” says Richard Sapien, Senior.
Senior students, everyone else, will wonder what their life after high school will look like in the future to see how things will go for them and how successful they will be. After graduating from Samueli Academy High School, students will move on to the real world.Many Seniors will move to different states where they will start a whole new life with new people, get jobs out of state, to help them pay their college or university, or they will simply stay in their hometown. The graduating class of 2017 will be getting a little more of an aspect of what their life will look like or how successful they will be after graduation, leaving an extraordinary mark at Samueli Academy, since they will be the first generation to graduate from this school.
When integrated into this school, seniors were clueless of how different it would be because it was not like any other high school, it differed by a whole lot. In the beginning of their freshmen year, they did exciting projects, such as building a bridge, etc. Little did they know that this school is project based learning, which meant that they had to go through a lot of presentations. In their first presentation, they were very nervous and they had no clue as to how they would engage their audience and not make it boring. From that point on, things became more rigorous, and they can now be considered professionals at presenting because they now know how to engage any type of audience. “Ever since I came here, I have learned so many skills that will help me in the future. For example, now I have great presentation skills, due to the presentations done throughout the whole four years,” said Bryanna Gonzalez, Senior. Samueli Academy has taught students the skills and has given them the resources that will benefit them in the future.
Are students really ready for life after high school? “I strongly feel that I will succeed in life because I have my future planned out very well. I have a plan of what I want it to look like. I know the steps that will help me towards success in life,” said Andrea Antonio, Senior. The reason why students feel prepared after they leave high school is because of all the resources and great lessons that Samueli Academy has taught them. “Samueli Academy is an ordinary school. In order for us to graduate, we have to follow the requirements, and the one that stood out to me the most was the internship requirement,” said Senior, Richard Sapien. In order to graduate, during the student's’ junior year, they had to intern at a place that would look at the aspect of working in the real world. In addition, Seniors now have portfolios to help them get jobs, since Samueli Academy helped them build their portfolio. This taught the students that it is not as easy as it looks. They also brought them to companies where they were able to see what fields they might be interested in and make them have an open mind as to which career to go for. “Given all these resources as how the real world is, I am ready for the future,” said Mayleen Batres, Senior.
The staff will face a great impact when the class of 2017 graduates, and they move on to the real life. Teachers have been a huge part of these students’ success. They have taught them things that will benefit them in the future and not only that, but they had always encouraged you to do more and not be satisfied when you can do better. “Based on what I have seen, I feel like they will succeed. They have been taught life skills, and they have been given resources that will definitely help them in the future. Adding to that, they act like adults, and that is surprising because students at other high schools act as if they are still kids,” said Ms. Ho, Math teacher. Since the staff has been there since day one, they have been able to see the improvement and growth that students have done, and they will leave a mark on the other students.
Four years seemed so far to them as freshmen, but now graduation is just right around the corner. Seniors are excited for their next steps in life, looking forward to a whole new journey, and they are really looking forward to pursuing careers that they have always dreamed of.
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