Name: Iris Feldman
Track: French Bac
From: French American
Destination: Harvard University
Tell us about an “aha moment” that you had.
In junior year at one of the concerts, I recited “Black
History” by Gil Scott-Heron. I was given this confidence
(by the music teacher who had directed me in the
orchestra) to put myself out there and to speak a truth
that I thought the school needed to hear. When I spoke
that poem it was one of the scariest moments of my
life. Afterwards people came up to me and said, “This
has changed my perspective. I’d never thought of this
before.” In that moment I was the person that I wanted
to be most.
What do the next four years look like for you?
Next year I’m going to take a gap year to explore my
interests and have real-world experience before going
back into academia. I deferred my acceptance to
Harvard, so I have a place to go. This way, I can learn
about the world before going on to the next step of my
learning process. I’m really excited!
Name: Emerson Herrera
Track: International Baccalaureate
From: Children’s Day School
Destination: Carleton College
What is your country of origin? Why did your
parents decide to come to the States?
I’m originally from Guatemala. I was only two and
a half when I came to the United States. My parents
decided to come here mostly because of the educational
opportunities. They knew that in Guatemala education
wasn’t as accessible as in the U.S., and they wanted to
give me a better future.
What are your goals?
I have a lot of goals. Definitely one that has stuck with
me is the one my mother wanted. She passed away
when I was in 7th grade, and her last wish was for me
to continue with my education: to graduate from high
school and go to the college I wanted to go to. Now I’m
interested in International Relations. With that major—as
with many others—you’re able to go into different fields.
But definitely after that I would like to go to law school.
Four graduating seniors share their reflections.
CLASS OF 2015