As the final days of the semester wind down and the cramming of material for finals becomes a very real thing, I can't help but stop and think about how many years I have been in school. The crazy thing I realized was that as a sophomore in college, I have been in school for roughly 14 years (that's a really long time!). Although my experience here at Providence College has been truly amazing, I will never forget the time I had at Barrington High School. They say home is where the heart is, and BHS has certainly created a nostalgic feeling within me, for whenever I hear its name or pass by on my way home I can't help but feel a sense of longing and intense memory. Below are some of the things I miss about high school:
1. The Teachers
One of the reasons why Barrington High School is one of the best Public High Schools in the country is because of the teaching staff. I miss having class with this bright, friendly and energetic group of teachers.
2. The Music Department
The music department at BHS is one of the highest performing in all of New England and I had a blast being a part of it. Band was my second family and my experience at high school would have been so empty without them.
3. The Classes
Who doesn't miss taking AP classes in high school and striving for that 4 or 5 on the exam?
Although most people don't like Gym in high school, my experience was a great one. The legendary "Coach Cags" pictured above, along with the other Physical Education staff were one of a kind.
5. The School Building Itself
I'll never forget walking down the band hallway or upstairs to the math wing during the school week. It was such a unique and special place
I must sound crazy, but I really do miss lunch at BHS. The tater tots, greasy garlic and herb pizza and bland cheeseburgers are things that my taste buds will never forget.
7. Study Hall
Even though study hall was technically a time to finish some homework, it usually just turned into a time of great procrastination and fun.
8. Stagemaster Productions
The people in the theater department (Stagemasters) at BHS were so talented. I will never forget their production of La Cage Aux Folles put on by Michael Caizzi at the Public Library, it was phenomenal!
9. Field Trips
Unfortunately, in college, field trips are a rare occasion. Going to Trinity Rep to watch "Oliver" was one of the best high school field trips I can remember.
10. Sunrise and the ENN
The Eagle News Network and the Sunrise show at the beginning of each school day was such a treat that many other schools don't have the opportunity to experience.
11. The Community
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BHS is my second family. All the faculty, students, programs and classes helped to create a warm and nourishing culture that I still miss to this day.
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