MAMARONECK, N.Y. – The path through high school may be over for Mamaroneck High School graduates Lily Goldstein and Sarah Blunt, but their journey into adulthood is just beginning.
With their days of SATs and classroom guidelines behind them, these former classmates have one thing in common along their split paths – they both know what they want to accomplish and are taking the first steps to getting there.
Sarah Blunt, Mamaroneck’s 2012 class valedictorian, has decided to postpone her college career in exchange for a year-long internship at the American Museum of Natural History. She will spend two days a week in various science departments helping with research projects and two days a week in the education departments, learning how to teach others the knowledge she has learned.
“I really want to get real hands-on experience in the real world,” said Blunt. “I really like learning in different kinds of environments. Learning doesn’t always happen in a room taking notes.”
Once Blunt completes her internship she will attend Brown University in the fall of 2013 and major in astrophysics or biophysics. This summer, Blunt is studying Spanish in hopes that she will be able to communicate effectively with Latin American natives when she travels there in December on a community service project.
“I really like problem-solving and stretching my brain,” she said.
While Blunt was in high school she played cello for the school orchestra and was also on the cross country running team. She helped create the Nap Club, which allowed students to take a 20-minute nap during the day and participated in her friend Piper Martz’s Real Food Club that helped to educate local elementary school children how to eat properly.
Blunt doesn’t have a definite plan for her life after college, but doesn’t seem to mind just yet.
“I don’t really like to plan out my life, which is a good thing or bad thing depending on what day it is,” she said.
The idea of going to school for journalism really began in Lily Goldstein’s junior year of high school, when everything she was working on started coming together.
“I realized at the beginning of the year that they all this common thread of communication,” said Goldstein. “And I enjoyed being part of something bigger than my own projects.”
Besides working on Mamaroneck High School’s student newspaper, The Globe, Goldstein was also co-editor of the high school yearbook. During her senior year she participated in the high school’s first ever “Mamaroneck to Manchester” trip to the Republication primaries. As a student journalist, who also participated in the school’s daily video broadcast elective program, Goldstein was able to become emerged in the politics of the primaries and then come home and put the video together.
“I learned about what it takes,” said Goldstein of her experiences in high school. “All of that has come together.”
It’s no surprise that Goldstein will be attending Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University come fall and that she’s more than excited about the program and her future in the media field.
“You get to get your feet and hands in everything because you are reporting on it and you get to be a part of something without being firsthand in it,” she said. “The skills that I will get from the Medill School of Journalism will be applicable almost anywhere.”