At every East back-to-school night, freshman orientation and school tour over the past four years, I have given incoming parents and students the same advice I received freshman year: try everything. I remember being told that the best memories East students would make would occur after 2:30 p.m., and my experience over the past four years has proved that true.
The community of support fostered at East, whether it is from faculty, family or other students is the aspect of the school that I will miss most. It’s hard to believe that the anxious yet enthusiastic, wide-eyed, 15-year-old version of myself made decisions that have molded my entire high school experience. The abundance of opportunities provided at East, although overwhelming at times, has changed my perspective on different subjects, introduced me to new friends and allowed me to learn more about myself than I could have in any regular classroom. The memories I will treasure most are those that happened outside of the regular school day: marching with the band, rehearsing with Belles, practicing for Mr. East and writing lesson plans with the Women in Science Club.
Although my four years of high school are coming to a close, I know that these experiences and this environment will launch any student leaving East into a prosperous future. Ultimately, I’ve learned that East is a school full of potential. Whether you find your niche and run with it or explore every one of your interests, these halls are full of opportunity, and for that I will always be grateful.