I graduated from East Greenwich High School in 2006. Even though it was over 10 years ago, I still feel that the education I received during high school prepared me for college and the "real world." Throughout my four years at EGHS, one aspect that stood constant were the teachers. Whether I was in ninth grade or in twelfth, I always felt supported by my teachers. [One teacher} answering last minute questions before a biology test; [another] reading over a paper one more time before it was due; [my science teacher] helping with Physics homework during homeroom; I always felt I could turn to my teachers for homework help, study tips, or explaining a specific topic. In feeling supported, I never felt stupid about asking questions or knowing when I needed extra help. During my freshman year of high school, I felt my classes were more structured, which allowed for an easy transition from eighth grade to ninth grade. However, during my Senior year, I had more flexibility in choosing my courses. The freedom of choosing classes provided a sense of a college environment.
With the education I received at EGHS, I was fortunate enough to have an easy transition to college. I knew the importance of completing assignments on time, being present in the classroom, and how to adjust my study techniques to be successful in taking exams. Most importantly, I went to the professors and teaching assistants for extra help; I stayed after class to debate topics with professors; I went to review sessions prior to exams. By acknowledging my strengths and weaknesses in high school, I was able to succeed in college and be prepared for the working world. I am truly thankful for the education I received at EGHS.
Melissa Gesmondi, R.N.
University of New Hampshire 2011