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Valedictorian: Aryan Anand

What advice would you give to younger students?

You grow a lot as a person over the course of your four years as a high schooler. Don’t fret and worry about all the little things that happen or the mistakes you may make. Just trust the process and continue to be yourself.

If you could give one piece of advice or knowledge to yourself as a freshmen, what would it be?

Don’t follow what your friends are doing. Don’t just follow what everyone else tells you to do. Be a part of the things you want to be a part of. Be a part of the things you can see yourself doing, committing to, and enjoying for the next four years. Your interests are yours alone.

What college are you planning to attend and what will be your major?

I plan on attending Temple University while intending to major in neuroscience.

Who inspired/encouraged/guided you throughout your journey at NBTHS?

My father, mother, sister, and grandmother have been my unconditional supporters.

What are your goals during and after college?

My goal during college would be to make as many fond and meaningful memories as possible that I can fall back on. After college, my main goal is to figure out the exact path I want to take in life. It’s tough to say what that is now, but my hope is that I’ll eventually be able to find it.

What inspired you to want the honor of Valedictorian?

I didn’t necessarily want the honor of Valedictorian. I just tried my hardest in school and in all my classes, so eventually, I was in the running for the title.

Do you regret NOT doing anything in life so far?

I’m a big soccer fan so I wish I tried playing it competitively at least once. Hopefully it's something I can do in college and in the future.

What was your favorite memory of your time at NBTHS?

The times in class when I would sit, talk, and laugh with friends and teachers about non-school related topics.

Where do you see yourself in 10 years?

In ten years, I see myself applying everything I’ve learned as a neuroscience major and utilizing it towards something valuable to the world. Hopefully, I can help find answers to the pile of unanswered questions we currently have. Whether that’s as a surgeon or researcher is a question I’ll need to answer in the future.

What struggles did you have getting to where you are in life now?

If I’m being totally honest, compared to my family and other people, I’ve experienced little to no struggle which I am very grateful for.


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