By Patrick Mahanes ´23, Editor-in-Chief

I remember walking into Brother Rice in the fall, looking forward to the year. I had to complete my high school career and begin my college career. I still had to take the ACT in the fall and begin the tedious process of applying for college. I had my mind set on attending The University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign.

Compared to junior year, senior year was a breeze. I had a much lighter workload without the outlines from Mr. Dolan´s AP United States History class. Although I had less work, physics and calculus have definitely not been a walk in the park.

Looking back on the year, my favorite memories of Brother Rice are with my friends. Even though I am leaving Brother Rice, I know that I have made relationships and bonds for life. For example, two kids from Brother Rice I did not know at all freshman year will be my roommates at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign.

If I could go back and give myself some advice, I would tell myself to be unbothered by difficulties and to work harder instead of getting overwhelmed. It is hard to be upset with yourself if you give something your all- regardless of the outcome. I feel like I have grown a lot mentally this year and developed healthy habits that will lead to a bright future.

With one week of school left, I could not be more excited for the future. I love and appreciate what Brother Rice has given me, and I could not be more grateful to my parents for sacrificing to give me an exceptional education. I know that my experiences and classes at Brother Rice have prepared me to succeed in college and treat other people with kindness and love.

I hope that my fellow Crusaders cherish and take advantage of the opportunities at Brother Rice. Your education is what you make of it. Brother Rice gives you all the tools and resources you need to succeed, but one thing they can not give you is determination. Personally, my dad has taught me that if you are going to do something- do it right. It is very easy to skate by life and not challenge yourself, but it is more rewarding to take the roads less traveled.