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PHOTOS: Show and tell of Lowell by Lauren Caldwell

Senior Freesia Finn with her welding block

What story does this object tell?

Over the summer, I took a welding class at City College and it was a really cool experience. At first it was kind of intimidating because I thought it was a strength-focused class. When I wasn't strong enough, people stepped in and helped, but not in a condescending way. We had to make a project and this rock is what we used to practice welds on.

Does this object tie in to some part of who you are as a person?

I do think it's a nice memento to learning new things and continuing to take advantage of the resources you have in a city that's so awesome.

Freshman Darxia Varela with her self-portrait

What story does this object tell?

I would say that when I got this, it was just a shocking moment to see how big I’ve grown. It's always a constant reminder that my life is still going on and it's developing. It's kind of strange how we never really think about who we are until we look at something as small as a little picture.

Does this object tie in to some part of who you are as a person?

I do value my past. I think it's important for all of us to know where we come from. And even if it's just a small picture, and maybe it sounds egotistical to think that just because it's a picture of me it's important, but I still think that knowing that I was this small and this person before is important in a way.

Senior Emi Steedman with her dance and track shoes.

What story do these objects tell?

I’ve been dancing for 14 years now and running since fifth grade, so those are definitely the two most prevalent extracurricular activities that I do after school and they are definitely a big part of my life.

Do these objects tie in to some part of who you are as a person?

I think all throughout my life when I get to know something I try to stick with it and see it through so definitely that shows how committed I am to both.

Junior Tarsa Yuen with his stuffed bird.

What story does this object tell?

For the most part, the obtaining of this object doesn't tell a story but the reason I bring it to school is because during the fall semester of freshman year I made a joke, saying that if I brought the bird into all my finals I’d pass all my tests. And I did end up doing that. After that I’ve brought in on every important day, so like the first day of school, a test day, or a finals day. I bring it along as a good luck charm.

Does this object tie in to some part of who you are as a person?

People remember me for this. People think, “What is this dude carrying a blue stuffed bird around school doing?”

Do you consider yourself a superstitious person?

Not always, it really depends. This was just kind of stupid in origin that just kept going.

Senior Alex Buschelman with his motorcycle in the Lowell parking lot.

What story does this object tell?

I started about a year ago because my dad and my sister were already motorcycle riders and they were really encouraging of me. They said we should all go to Alice’s restaurant sometime which is over by Westside. It's nice because you go through a lot of forests. There's a nice lake, it's really pretty, and every second looks like a Bob Ross painting.

Does this object tie in to some part of who you are as a person?

I think motorcycling teaches you a valuable lesson about coolness and popularity. Everyone says, “You must be so popular you must get all the girls.” And I'm like, "No." One thing they tell you is to shut up about it and not to blast it to the world because nobody really cares. People will say, “Wow that's so cool” and then five seconds later their attention will be on something else, as it should be.