Who: Steven Pantuso
Year Graduated: I graduated in 2013, arguably the best class to ever roam SMHS.
Where are you now?
I am currently at the United States Naval Academy in Annapolis Maryland. I have been here since June of this year and will be here until I graduate in 2017. The academy is a tuition-free college where I take regular classes, though at the same time I am also going through military and leadership training to become an officer in either the Marine Corps or the Navy.
What do you enjoy?
enjoy experiencing new things! For example, I am really enjoying my new life in the military, though it took some time to get used to it. I also enjoy quality time with family and friends. Any setting, no matter how stressful or dangerous, becomes home when you’re with people you love. I love adventuring and exploring new things with my family and friends!
What did you do in high school?
In high school, I was involved in theatre, leadership, and tennis. I worked backstage in most of the musicals and was stage manager for two of them. In leadership, I did community service and was in charge of the canned food drive. In tennis, I beat Burlingame. Enough said.
What are you doing now?
I’m training to be an officer in the military!
What surprised you about life after high school?
Well, it’s barely been half a year since I graduated, so I can’t say I know all too much about life yet. However, what is surprising is how different each and every person’s post high school life is. I am active duty in the military, my best friends are going anywhere from community college to Harvard. I know people who have chosen not to go to college at all and are instead working and living on their own. There are so many different post-HS options that I never even considered.
Words of Wisdom for current Bearcats?
Do what you want. Don’t feel pressured by social norms, your friends, or your parents. Family will support you no matter what, friends develop and change over time, and social norms are meant to be broken. Make your decisions based on which one you would regret not doing most. Is a Harvard degree more prestigious than a Naval Academy one? Probably. But I would be living the rest of my life regretting that I had chosen a civilian college over a military one. Don’t regret what you choose, and you will be forever happy.
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