“Oh the Places You’ll Go!”: Seniors Celebrate Destination Day at the PAC Cafe

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photos courtesy of Libia Bustamante, Ellie Portugal, and Emily Qian

On Friday, May 10, seniors made posters to showcase their future plans and mingled with their graduating class for M-A’s annual Destination Day. Gathering in the PAC Cafe during their English period, seniors enjoyed donuts, hot chocolate, bagels, and a large cake. They held up their #M-A Destination Day signs and took photos with their peers to celebrate their years at M-A and their next years away. As graduation is less than a month away, here are the wise words of the senior class of ‘24.

What are you going to miss the most from M-A?

Samantha Lin, who is committed as a Chemistry major at Brandeis University said, “My favorite memory from M-A has been playing volleyball games with my teammates and friends. That’s one of the things that I’ll miss the most because I’ll never get to play with the same group of people again on the same court.” 

Senior Yael Stewart and Portugal pose together by the PAC.

Khayri Jett, who is going to play football at College of San Mateo (CSM), said, “I will miss football practices and Saturday Night Lights here at M-A.” 

Seniors expressed their gratitude for long-lasting friendships with teachers and friends. Ellie Portugal, who will study child development at  San Diego State University, said, “I’ll miss the teachers and staff here who I have created friendships with over the last four years. I’ll be sad to leave them because I feel really close to them.” 

Adam Chane, who will study finance at Southern Methodist University, explained, “I’ll miss all my friends. It’s been a good four years with these people and I’ll be sad to see them go.” 

What are you most excited about for college?

Jett explained, “I’m most excited to play football at CSM and possibly get a Division I scholarship to play at a university.”

Portugal said, “I am excited to meet new people, make new connections, and get the college experience.”

Do you have any advice for next year’s graduating class? 

“Have fun during your last year but do your best because everything will work out in the end. And most importantly, don’t worry,” Lin said. 

Jett added, “Stay focused, and don’t get senioritis.”

Adie Pecson said, “Prioritize your grades still and especially lock in for the first semester.” 

Sofia Melani added, “Try and enjoy every moment with your friends.” 

We will miss you, seniors!

Nava is a junior at M-A. This is her first year in journalism. She hopes to write about world wide issues that affect the M-A family. In her free time, she like to read, play volleyball, debate, and play piano.

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