As much as I hate waking up before the sun comes up (I am sure that most people agree), I enjoy school. I get to meet up with friends in the morning, catch up on some gossip and take a walk around school. Everyone essentially knows everyone else. As a freshman, you begin to realize that you know more people than you ever imagined. You see your best friend from kindergarten, the girl on last year's softball team, or your next door neighbor. This experience leads to relationships that may last a lifetime.
Yes, the ceilings might be moldy and you will probably never feel the air conditioner, but inside the classrooms are some extraordinary faculty members. There are so many opportunities and ways to be successful here. There are a variety of extracurricular activities and teachers who will do anything to see you succeed. You are given so many options and mentors who will help you through the high school process. Whether it is the everyday tasks like homework or projects or the big tasks like applying to college, teachers and faculty are there to help you overcome any obstacle that you need to get beyond in order to succeed.
The students graduating with me this June will officially become Townie Alumni. This made me ponder, what exactly is a Townie? Will we all have to dress up in red and white stripes and red berets? According to Merriam-Webster, a townie is defined as a “permanent inhabitant of a town.” I guess once you become a Townie, you can’t go back to being an ordinary citizen of East Providence. You may move away, but your heart is always with your town.
To my fellow seniors, ignore all of the rumors of the past and forget about the labor of getting through school. Spend some time thinking about your time here at EPHS. As much as you hate to admit it, you had a pretty good time at East Providence High School. You might even have…loved it.
To the incoming freshman…do not focus on any negative rumors that you might have heard. Your time here will go by so fast so enjoy it while you can. The experiences you will have at EPHS will be amazing and something you will always remember. Take it from me. When I cross that stage a few short weeks from now, I know I will be happy to call myself a Townie and a graduate of East Providence High School.