I think many people that live outside the United States believe that high schools here are like the movie, High School Musical. I was one of them. And for that reason, I always hoped that I would come to the United States for high school. God worked his perfect plan and at the age of 15, I came with two suitcases and a heart full of dreams. I was hoping to have a good four years, learn English, make good friends, and get into a good college. But barely did I know the impacts DSA would have in my life.
I was given an amazing and individualized education. My teachers have never failed to help me and to encourage me to succeed. My classmates gave me the chance to interact with people from many parts of the world and explore different cultures and perspectives. I will forever cherish the memories I have with them. But the biggest impact, however, was my personal growth. The Christian atmosphere made me realize the power of God, friendship, and hope.
I came to DSA as a naive girl and I will leave as a strong young woman who is ready to face challenges throughout life.
If I could give some advice, it would be to push it though, be determined, do your best, but most important take the chances you are given to strengthen your faith.
Rafaella Ribeiro is Co-Editor of the Yearbook and Golden Legacy, and a member of the Drama Club, Fixit Center and Student Council. She does not know exactly where the future will take her, but she hopes to study something in the medical field and continue to serve God.