Sophia Krain of Arlington, a Class of 2021 graduate from in the Culinary Arts career major, was a Student Ambassador and a junior Peer Leader. Sophia volunteered to speak with middle school students about the benefits of enrolling at Minuteman. For her senior project, Sophia managed the seventh annual Ryan Eaton Memorial Scholarship – a St. Patrick’s Day meal fundraising event. She is attending Salem State University in the fall of 2021 to study marketing.
Q. What was it like to start your freshman year at Minuteman?
I was really excited to come to a new school and meet a bunch of new people, but I know it seems scary. It’s good that Minuteman is so diverse and you meet kids from all over the place. It helps you build connections. It’s good to have a different group of friends than just friends from your town.
Q. How does Minuteman give you an advantage in learning?
Having vocational and academic classes makes learning so much more fun. You have your academic week where you study really hard, and then you have your vocational week where you’re learning hands on in your shop. That hands-on part makes your academics fun because you can connect what you’re learning back to your shop. You’re not just learning one or the other, but both at the same time.
Aside from classes, there’s a bunch of extra curricular activities like sports and clubs, which really bring the school together as a whole. We’re really lucky that we just got into a brand new building with new instruments and technology that gives us another advantage to learn more, which I think is awesome.
Q. What has it been like to take classes in the new building?
The new building is such an advantage, and it shows Minuteman really cares about the students. It gave students a new environment to push their limits and use their skills. The building is absolutely gorgeous. All the technology is so innovative. It really helps students learn what they’re there for. Whether you go into college or the workforce, you have lots of similar equipment. For example, if I’m in Culinary Arts and I’m using a really high-tech mixer; or if I’m in Automotive and I’m using a high-tech car lift, all of that helps with our education.
Q. Why did you become a Student Ambassador?
When I visited Minuteman in eighth grade, the Student Ambassadors were role models for me. They showed me so much care and took the time to show what Minuteman had to offer. It’s very good for the younger students to have someone to ask questions: ‘How do I get here?’ “How do I do this?’ They find it really helpful and they take your advice.
I really wanted to be somebody like that. Also, I was really nervous about public speaking, but once I joined Student Ambassadors, I overcame that fear. Now, I go to middle schools and talk to hundreds of kids and it’s no problem.
Q. Why should middle school students consider applying to Minuteman?
You should check out Minuteman because it has so many opportunities. It might be a little scary at first because it’s different, but different is exciting. You should go out of your comfort zone. I totally did, and I’m really happy where I am now. Even if Minuteman is not like your town’s high school, it’s different in the best ways. There’s something for everybody here.