Nigel St. Jean, known to many as their friend, to others, their class president, and to others, their favorite person to be around. His kind heart and perseverance in life has landed him as Senior Class President. Many people believe that it came easy to him, however, he started from humble beginnings. St. Jean has taught us to never give up when problems arise.
What advice would you give to younger students?
The advice I would give to fellow students is to not think ahead. They need to do everything in the moment because worrying too much about the future can cause unnecessary anxiety in students. Yet, focus and put all your effort on the current task at hand. One day, you will make it to your target destination.
If you could give one piece of advice to yourself as a freshman, what would it be?
I would tell myself to work harder and put more effort into my classes. When I was a freshman, I was in almost all CP classes and did not push myself whatsoever.
Who inspired, encouraged, or guided you throughout your journey at NBTHS?
My friends inspired me through my high school journey.
What are your goals during and after college?
I have 4 goals for during and after college. My first goal is to become smarter and gain immense knowledge in the field I am majoring in and in other aspects of life. Another goal is to find long term friendships that will survive outside college. The third is that I want to become faster at running and physically stronger. Lastly, I want to get a good job after high school.
What college are you planning to attend and what will be your major?
I am playing on attending Worcester Polytechnic Institute and will be majoring in Biomedical engineering.
What inspired you to want the honor of Class President at NBTHS?
No one really inspired me but I just wanted to give it a try. There is a long backstory to why I became the senior class president. When I was little and even when I got to high school, I always failed at everything I did. I never made the basketball team. I never made the volleyball team. When I ran for president in the 7th and 8th grade, I never won. When I ran for senior class president, I did not believe that I could win. However, when I won, I was amazed at how these people put their faith in me to make their senior year to be the best. Therefore, I made a vow to myself to never let them down.
Do you regret NOT doing anything in life so far?
I do not regret anything because everything I have done has shaped my life to be what it is today.
Where do you see yourself in 10 years?
I don't know. Like I said, take everything moment by moment.
What was your favorite memory of your time at NBTHS?
It was in 9th grade chemistry class. I had the best lab table that made me laugh all the time. There were no dull moments in that class.
What struggles did you have getting to where you are in life now? Please describe.
My main struggle was just being a failure and failing in almost everything I did. When I was little, I had little determination and discipline. I was not focused on the things I wanted to pursue. I did not practice for sports I tried out for. I did not study for the test. I did not talk to people outside class. Overtime, I developed crazy discipline, excellent determination, and amazing perseverance. Everybody needs to know they have potential to become the person they want to be.