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Mount Saint Agnes Class of 2018

Young Observer is celebrating the class of 2018. Each week, we feature a different senior school and its graduating class. This week we salute the Mount Saint Agnes graduating students.

The graduating class at Mount St Agnes were asked to share what challenges they felt their generation will face:

Miranda Araujo plans to study English and science at university. She believes the most pressing challenge will be securing employment.

She said: “It is difficult to keep up with the continuous stream of technological advancements and to compete against those with experience or AI advancements, but I believe this generation is up for the challenge.

Cassidy Johnson plans to study childcare at Bermuda College and also believes finding a job after studying will be a big challenge. She said: “The world changes every year and the needs are different.”

Rodrigo Jara Lira plans to study architecture at university. He believes that technology is a big challenge, especially for younger generations. Learning time management and social skills are key components to success, however social media and technology are huge distractions. Education in the proper use of technology and establishing good social media habits is important. His advice is to “work first, have fun later”.

What are some of your specific concerns for Bermuda or the world?

Sabrina Dasilva, who plans to study computer science at university, would like to see people make a greater effort to improve the environment, both in Bermuda and around the world.

She said: “We create a lot of waste considering how small our island is. I would like to see us turn to energy efficient resources and focus on reversing climate change for ourselves and future generations.”

Colin McCue is interested in world affairs and plans to study in the United States. His specific concern for Bermuda and his generation is the future sustainability of Bermuda’s international business sector.

He said: “How do we balance the policies around international companies in order to continue to support our economy while preserving Bermuda’s culture?”

Tristan Rocha, who plans to study mechanics or business, feels that the world would be a better place once we are able to get along, no matter what race, or gender a person is.

Emily Sinclair, who plans to study psychology at university, is specifically concerned with inequality in Bermuda.

She said: “Many people are being discriminated against because of who they are. I would like more people to make an

effort in protecting human rights.”

Stephanie Trott, who plans to study marine biology, is concerned about the health of our oceans. Having worked at the aquarium and cared for injured animals, Stephanie has noticed an increase in the number of turtles brought in that are not able to be saved.

She said: “We must start being more aware of our impact on the world.”

What advice would they give to a younger student or their younger self?

Hannah Blee’s goal this year is to always try her hardest and to push for success in order to attend university in Canada. Her advice for younger students is to step outside their comfort zone, embrace challenges, and not to procrastinate.

Selena Dasilva’s goal this year is to aim for progress and not necessarily perfection as she prepares to study business at university.

She said: “As the workload in high school, and especially your senior year, increases you have to find ways to adapt and cope. Learn how to stay organised and try not to get too overwhelmed. A key thing is to stay motivated and make the most of your experiences.”

Nola Mingledorff, who plans to study psychology and English at university, advises younger students to always plan for academic challenges but not to stress too much.

She said: “High school is an immense change in workload, but it has made me a better, stronger person with a greater sense of responsibility.”

Justin Moniz, who plans to study IT at Bermuda College, advises students not to procrastinate. High school is where you learn how to handle new challenges, make sure you know what is worth doing and what isn’t.

Mackenzie Ricketts, who plans to join the US Navy and study psychology, advises that high school can be a challenge, but that it’s only one phase of your life. What comes next is defined by you.

Angelica Wales plans to study medicine with the goal of finding a cure for Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s. Her advice to younger students is to commit yourself to excellence in order to succeed in high school or prepare for your senior year.

She said: “Focus on your unique course and goals, stay positive, and pray.”

All together now: the MSA Class of 2018, with homeroom teachers Chris Tannock and Karen Wicks (Photograph by Two & Quarter Photography)