By Swara Tewari
Senior Nitin Subramanian can’t decide on a favorite memory from his high school career at MVHS — for him, it’s all the small, ordinary moments that he’ll remember most fondly. Listening to Mr. Kim’s crazy stories in his room with friends during lunches and tutorials. Running with his cross country and track teammates for hours, talking about random things. It’s these small moments of his daily routine that he knows he’ll remember for the rest of his life.
“I was involved in cross country and track for four years, so a total of eight seasons,” Subramanian said. “You make some of the closest relationships with everyone on the team. I'm also going to miss travel meets and our Saturday breakfast runs. When you run, you get hours on end just to converse about whatever you want in your life. That's something I'm really going to miss.”
Like Subramanian, senior Naomi Hahn will miss the small moments of candid laughter and conversation, particularly from MV Drama productions. She fondly remembers her last day with Jeffrey Adams, her former drama teacher. Hahn explains that the drama students and Adams played jackbox and it was an “epic” way to celebrate Adams’ time at MV. She recalls one time from the production of Urinetown during her junior year particularly clearly.
“I was talking with some of my cast mates, and one of them did an impression of the caveman spongebob meme, and it was hilarious,” Hahn said. “I’m not explaining it well, but I collapsed on the floor from laughter.”
Despite her positive memories from drama productions, Hahn won’t miss the “difference in priorities that MV and [she] have,” citing the removal of Adams from his position as one of the administrative decisions she personally disagreed with. However, Hahn acknowledges that differences in values aside, MVHS has provided her with valuable tools and skills that have set her up for success in the future.
“I’ll be grateful for the edge MV has given me, especially in regards to the opportunities I had,” Hanhan said. “All gripes aside, I know I am lucky to go to Monta Vista, and to be in the Silicon Valley. I’ve met some great people along the way, but I’m also looking forward to meeting new ones in the coming years.”
Senior Ananya Rajagopal explains that she will look back at her time at MVHS very positively and believes that MVHS students often overemphasize the school’s stressful atmosphere.
“I think Monta Vista gets a worse rep than it deserves,” Rajagopal said. “Yeah, it can be stressful, but I think that's just life. What I definitely will not miss is the kind of nitty gritty competitiveness, not the ‘Oh, we're all pushing each other to be better’ but like ‘I did this better than you, I did that better than you.’ I bet I'll still find that outside of MV though.”
Reflecting on his high school career, Subramanian wishes that he hadn’t complained as much about academic pressure during his time at MV, as in the past few months, he’s started to realize how much he’ll miss the school.
“[In ten years] I think I’m going to wish I didn’t complain as much,” Subramanian said. “I feel like a lot of times, I couldn't wait for it to end but now that it's ending, I don't want it to end. I'm just wishing I cherished it more and enjoyed it while it lasted.”