The 2021-2022 Senior Speaker series continued on October 4 and featured 9 members of the Class of 2022: Frankie Pisco, Suleni Sabio-Arzu Brown, Nate Schoen, Calla Woodworth, Libbie Foster, Nina Artioli, Paige Hostetter, Paige August, and Hailey Suller.
Frankie Pisco, a four-year year senior from Las Vegas, Nevada, read a collection of poems about coming of age and adolescence. His takeaway? “Our struggles are universal.” But on a more personal level, “When friends and family ask about Suffield, I always say the good days are really good, the bad days are really bad, you work the hardest you ever have in your life, and as the time flies by, you look back at who you’ve become with nothing but happiness.”
Suleni Sabio-Arzu Brown, a four-year senior from the Bronx, New York, spoke about self worth, and how valuable it is to remember your own even when times are challenging. She told listeners, “Today I am going to reveal to you the key to never doubting your self worth. Every moment spent not being yourself, or trying to fit in with the majority, is time wasted. Why live a life that isn’t your own?”
From Larchmont, New York, four-year senior Nate Schoen reflected on how taking pictures has evolved for him. He started with “bright colors, flowers, sunny days with exaggerated saturation” when he was in fifth or sixth grade; his pictures were “very bright and exciting, but...they had a more dark feel to them” in eighth grade; and then he took “a detailed picture that left a lot up to interpretation” last year. Each of his pictures reflect his moods over the years.
Calla Woodworth, a four-year senior from Saratoga Springs, New York, and Libbie Foster, a three-year senior from Southlake, Texas, spoke about their shared experience of being adopted. Calla is originally from Ethiopia, left at a police station and brought to an adoption agency when she was a baby. She recalls, “Being born with so little detail about my birth, I have a lot of questions I can’t get the answers to,” but also, she now has “two awesome parents who have always been in my corner.” Libbie's birth mother was nineteen when Libbie was born, and knew that the best thing for her daughter would be to put her up for adoption. When she turned 18 this summer, Libbie reached out to her mother, curious about her biological parentage. “When we met up I felt a rush of emotions. I was overwhelmed, excited, and confused. I asked her tons of questions, and finally we got to know one another. I’m happy to say I've found what was missing in my life.”
Nina Artioli, a four-year senior from Suffield, Connecticut, and Paige Hostetter, a four-year senior from Boston, Massachusetts, spoke together about advice they wanted to leave Suffield's current students with. This included: “be inclusive,” “try something new and make friends as you go,” “everything on campus is more fun when we all participate,” and “keeping a healthy mindset here at Suffield will make the experience worthwhile.”
From Canton, Connecticut, Paige August, a three-year senior, discussed the impact of music on her life, and how coming up against writer's block was an unexpected challenge. In her college essay, she wrote about determination despite setback, saying, “Finding the words and motivation is one of my biggest struggles...maybe, one day soon, I’ll find the right words to get me through.”
Hailey Suller, a four-year senior from Granby, Connecticut, talked about her first goalie coach reminding her that people don't remember all the goals you save--rather, they remember the one you miss. This really impacted her, terrifying her about failing her team. She said, “I don’t think that fear will go away but what makes a goalkeeper a goalkeeper is playing through that fear... We dive headfirst despite the fear and the danger.”
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