Q. Where did you grow up and why you decide to attend Fryeburg Academy?
A. I grew up in a small fishing town 30 minutes away from Barcelona. It’s a small community, yet I am close to a really big city which I think is a really great way to grow up. My cousin came previously to Fryeburg and he gave me a really positive review so I had no doubt, hearing what he said, that I wanted to come here.
Q. How has your experience been at FA? Are there any particular classes, teachers, or clubs that you loved while here?
A. My experience has been awesome. The community here is outstanding. I really like all of my classes, my teachers and the opportunities offered. But what stands out the most is that I can take advanced placement classes and at the same time I can focus on my sports after school and arts after dinner. It’s a great way to get involved in everything. Fryeburg makes it really easy to do it all. (How did you make the decision to stay more than one year?) February of my first year when I started to realize that the end of the school year was coming and I that soon I would have to leave Fryeburg behind and return to Spain. It was then when I started thinking about the idea of staying and putting it out to my parents; and since they saw I was having a lot of fun, learning so much and extremely happy, they did not doubt in giving me the chance to stay. There was a lot of talking and decision-making, but yes, I decided to stay in the end. It was how much Fryeburg offers and its people what marked my decision.
Q. What are some memorable moments from your time as a student here?
A. Definitely Dorm Olympics, I remember both years being really great intense experiences. You get to know all of the dorm students even more and you become an even tighter family. I also remember when we went to the Berkeley Jazz Festival with vocal jazz and big band. It was incredible how much I learned and how many awesome people I had the chance to meet in a single weekend. I won’t forget either all the different sports seasons. The long bus rides, the tough games… you get the chance to know people even closer and make friends for life.
Q. After FA, where did you plan to attend college and what do you plan to study?
A. I have a lot of decisions to make. I’m probably going to go back to Spain for college. I think it offers what is best for me and for my future. However, since we have great school counselors here, my parents have advised me not to close any doors. So, I will still apply to a couple of colleges in the U.S. that are highly competitive because maybe a bell rings. However, the option of going back will always be open. I think I would like to study applied engineering and then do a masters in business. I like the math and science field but would prefer to work in the business one, so I think that’s my best option.
Q. How did FA prepare you for the next step in your educational journey?
A. Fryeburg has definitely prepared me for the outside world. Here, you are surrounded by so many different people from so many different backgrounds, cultures, and options that you have to learn how to work with people who are completely different from you. I think Fryeburg has also prepared me for college since I’ve had the chance to take many APs and college level courses.
Q. Do you have any words of wisdom to share with FA students or students who are applying?
A. I think you have to come here and be really open-minded, be willing to try new things and be prepared to go out of your comfort zone. Also, do not be scared to talk to people here because I think that is when you learn the most.