By: Scarlett Shelley
The Class of 2022 is about to take one giant step forward in their lives, as they prepare to graduate from high school and leave the familiar halls of OBHS behind. Many have decided to attend college and continue their educational experience, while others still plan to enter the workforce and star their journeys in “the real world.” To celebrate these seniors and all they have accomplished, The Harbour Voice sat down with some members of the Class of 2022 to talk about their time at Oyster Bay, and here’s what they said:
What is one of your favorite memories at Oyster Bay High School?
Sabrina Rezk: One my favorite memories at OBHS were definitely being a part of the varsity fencing team. It was a combination of both my school friends and sport friends. Experiencing late school nights together at meets and conferences is something I will miss dearly. I was late in discovering my passion for fencing but grateful nonetheless; I had a lot of fun both figuratively and literally wielding my potential.
Kaitlyn Aasheim: One of my favorite memories at OBHS was winning counties with my volleyball team senior year. Knowing that day could have been my last time playing volleyball, the feeling of representing my school in a championship game on a college court with a lot of the school watching was just an unbelievable feeling.
Rose Miglionico: My favorite memory at OBHS is being a part of the field hockey team. From 10th-12th grade I played for varsity and made bonds with people and especially Coach Script that I will never forget.
What are some things that you have learned and will take with you throughout the rest of your life?
Sabrina Rezk: I’ve learned to keep my circle small; it’s important to be social and get to know new people, but at the end of the day have familiarity to go back to. This definitely helped me establish better trust and comfort in my confidants and myself.
Kaitlyn Aasheim: One thing I have learned is to go out of your comfort zone. It can be a scary thing to go out of your comfort zone whether it’s in class or in sports, but once you take that step it changes your whole life. You don’t know the opportunities you will get once you take that big step out of your comfort zone.
Rose Miglionico: Something I learned and will take with me for the rest of my life is to not care what anybody says about you. In high school, people might hurt your feelings, but as long as you ignore them you’ll be fine. I promise you’ll laugh about it later.
Are there any nerves about graduating and going out into the "real world"?
Sabrina Rezk: Of course! For our whole lives we’ve been preparing to be an adult and now I’m finally at the mark. Going off to study, live, and just be on my own is something I haven’t even gotten used to the thought of. I believe many people think that right after you hit 18 you immediately know what to do with life, but in reality it’s not [that way]. I still feel like a child navigating the world; it’ll be a new transition but I’m confident in my steps.
Kaitlyn Aasheim: There are some nerves about graduating and going out to the real world, but everything happens for a reason. It’s hard to all of the sudden go to a new state with new people and without your family, but once you find your people, things can get a lot easier.
Rose Miglionico: I’m a little nervous about being on my own and not seeing my parents every day, but I feel ready. I am confident in the fact that I have a bright future ahead of me.
What are some of your plans for after graduation?
Sabrina Rezk: I plan on majoring in Criminal Psychology at Barnard College of Columbia University, while also obtaining Art Therapy merits. I also plan on being a part of nonprofit organizations that can help children who aren’t able to have proper healthcare. My goal is to thrive in our male-dominated society.
Kaitlyn Aasheim: After graduation, I plan to spend a lot of time with my family and friends before going off to college in August. After graduating high school, your life is just about to begin. This is where I plan to meet new people and learn what I want to do with my life in the future.
Rose Miglionico: I will be attending Clemson University, and I could not be more excited!
What advice would you give to high schoolers?
Sabrina Rezk: Take time to become comfortable with who you are, and know you’re worth it. Try new things, but also know your limits and ask for help if you ever need any; it’s not embarrassing. It’s normal. At the end of the day, it’s your life, not anyone else’s, so exist for yourself only.
Kaitlyn Aasheim: Don’t take high school for granted. Yes, there are times when school isn’t the place you want to be, but it goes by really fast. The past 13 years are unforgettable; you really don’t realize how much you love being with your friends everyday until it’s almost over.
Rose Miglionico: Take a class with Mr. Schlendorf, love yourself, join a team, and watch an OB baseball game. Enjoy it while it lasts.
The Harbour Voice wishes good luck to all of the graduating seniors, and is looking forward to seeing all the amazing people they will become! The future is bright!