Rebecca Reitano: Reflecting and Reminiscing

As Vice President of the Anime Club, varsity bowler, and jack of a slew of hobbies, Rebecca Reitano recounts the advice she’s learned from her time at EBHS.

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Rebecca Reitano’s plan for after highschool includes her working with animals. Currently, she volunteers at a shelter and says that “As much as I love learning and academics I don’t think I could ever compare it to working with animals.”

Jaiden Radoczy, Bear Hub Staff

Q: WHAT KIND OF MOTTO DO YOU HOLD ABOUT LIFE? HOW HAS IT AFFECTED YOU?

A: I struggle with anxiety as many people do, and with that anxiety I feel as though I forced myself out of opportunities that could have either been fun or rewarding. I would draw lines between what I could and couldn’t do because of some unspoken, unwritten rules I hade made up in my head. I wasn’t doing anything that made me happy, I was just trying to maintain a status quo that didn’t even need to exist so I slowly began convincing myself that no one will condemn you if you try. Trying for me usually meant participating more in class and talking more to my class mates around me. I haven’t perfected this skill in the slightest; I’m still working on it but I am farther today than I was.

Q: WHAT’S YOUR FAVORITE MEMORY AT EBHS?

A:  My favorite memory at EB would have to be the days we could hang out on the bleachers during gym. I was lucky enough to have a close friend group with me during gym, so we would usually spend the period talking, but something about us would always attract other students to join in so we would always have these huge discussions with people I never talked to before.

Q: WHAT IS SUCCESS TO YOU?

A:  Success will always be in my book, overcoming something that was difficult and bettering yourself as a result, whether that be gaining happiness, knowledge, experience, confidence, etc. Once you start pigeonholing the meaning of success, all those little victories are just ignored and you put yourself in a position to be easily discouraged.