In the final weeks leading up to Graduation Day 2021, EAB will celebrate each of its Seniors via the Senior Spotlight. Though many of the Senior Traditions cannot happen this year, the High School Faculty is committed to making sure each member of the Class of 2021 knows how much they have meant to this school and how proud we are of them. Today, the Senior in the spotlight is Gabrielle Pedrosa. Gabrielle has been a proud member of the EAB Community for the past three years.
Gabrielle has many happy memories from her time at EAB; she recalls every memory as "special because everyday was completely different". She thinks that the small classes, intensity of the relationships and "the fact that most people grew up together" means that the emotions and memories she will carry with her will be powerful. Her particular favourite memories are of her friends: the twitter dramas; the TikToks; the trips and the post Carnaval weekend fun, hanging out with her close friends at Morro da Asa Delta as the sun rose over the lake.
Being able to hang out with her friends is one of the things she will miss most about EAB. She will miss having lunch and chatting to different people from her "happy but dysfunctional" grade group. She wishes that they had more time together to experience the things that they did not get around to this year. As well as this, she will miss talking to her teachers, who she will remember as always making an effort to "cheer (her) up and have interesting conversations during lunch".
While she is very proud of her relationships with her teachers, she is proudest of her "personal growth". She believes that she grew in ways that "shaped...(her) personality" during her time at EAB. She is also proud of getting to know "99% of the grade" and that she was able to get to chat to so many of her peers during their time together. Although they have missed out on some things, she feels pride when she thinks of how they supported each other during this pandemic year.
She wants to thank her teachers variously for "being incredible", "defending" her when she needed it and for teaching her that "being a good person matters". The depth and breadth of her thanks for her teachers is simply too long for us to include here, reinforcing for us all Gabrielle's kind nature; she expresses her gratitude to her teacher with examples of how they have cared for her, and why she is so thankful to them. Each one of these notes of thanks will be sent to her teachers. Her teachers are also thankful; her probing questions like "why does literature matter" made lessons "deep and intellectual".
In keeping with her eclectic nature, Gabrielle has varied plans for when she finishes at EAB. She wants to publish a book of poetry. Gabrielle also wants to learn more about computer science, and plans to extend her investment portfolio. This is truly representative of her approach to life - she says plans to "try everything at least once"!
EAB will miss this courageous side to Gabrielle, who we watched as she grew into the strong woman she is today. We do not doubt she will take that strength with her as she takes on the next challenges in her life. We look forward to hearing more tales from her adventures and to seeing her published works on the shelves of bookshops in years to come!