In the final weeks leading up to Graduation Day 2022, EAB will celebrate each of its Seniors via the Senior Spotlight. The High School Faculty is committed to making sure each member of the Class of 2022 knows how much they have meant to this school and how proud we are of them. Today, the Senior in the spotlight is Larissa Vasconcelos. Larissa has been a proud member of the EAB Community since K5.
As Larissa looks back on her time at EAB, she will miss the community and “how everyone is very united.” She has had class with most teachers and felt like everyone got to know her. She comments that “EAB really makes you feel like you are in a small-large family. Moreover, I will really miss how the guards and teachers even welcome you at the beginning of the morning with a bright smile on their faces, all of these small actions have an impact on what makes EAB ... EAB.”
One of the memories that created this community feeling for Larissa comes from her time in the Middle school, when Larissa was “a pretty shy person” and had started to wear a special cardigan to school which became her “comfort zone.” Even though she had wanted to let go of the white cardigan, it was only one day, by accident, that she came in without it. She writes that “to my surprise, when I got to PE, all the girls started cheering for me which made me feel very welcomed and close to [them]. They were happy that I had taken this step to come out of my comfort zone. Since then, I stopped wearing the famous white cardigan and just became comfortable with the acceptance that came from all the people around me.”
Larissa grew in so many ways at EAB. Teachers commend her for being such a “conscientious student always seeking feedback on how to improve her learning. She started the Girls Learn Club, and is proud of a fundraiser they initiated “which brought many people anonymously together to help the cause of buying materials for this women's shelter in Taguatinga.”
Larissa would like to thank her mother, “Solange, for always being there for me and helping me get through the tough times throughout my school journey. She was essential to the formation of who I am today. My mother has always been an example of bravery, resilience and is one of the strongest women I know, which is why I really look up to her and want to thank her for being a part of my education all these years.”
She also would like to thank her teachers, “putting their best into the work that was presented to us, in order for all of us to achieve the best that we can.” Teachers were with them “through thick and thin,” with the challenges they all went through with distance learning and the protocols everyone had to use when students returned to school. She is “happy that we were able to get through it and hope that in these last months we're all able to give our best and succeed in World Exams with the skills we've obtained!”
Just as Larissa felt like she grew at EAB, she’s excited to “get out of [her] bubble" by going to university in the US and to work toward becoming a doctor. She’d like to “get some experience by observing the hospital environment.” Even though it may be a bit of a shock, she wants “to contribute to help others even more.” As she leaves EAB, she’s focused on “being able to experience new things and mature with these experiences,” and looks at it as “a new fresh step in [her] life.”