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Debra Cavaliere

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I’ll tell you about my very first job. So it was my very first day of my Senior Year, actually, and I’m not even sure how I got the job – I think it was a friend of a friend of a friend [who] got me this job. So, I go and I get on this random bus to go to this random industrial park in the middle of Medford. And so I go, and I was going to be stuffing envelopes for this company. So I go, and I’m stuffing these envelopes full of really cheesy looking necklaces for, I don’t know, a couple of weeks. That’s all I did for hours. I was in a windowless room, it was weird. And then I started stuffing CD boxes, which, back in the day, they used to put CD’s in this humongous cardboard box. Very weird. So that was in a windowless room with glue. And so I go to get paid one day, because they hadn’t paid me yet. So I go in, and I find this man – last name Capone – no joke- and I ask for my paycheck, and he whips this huge wad of money out of his pocket and licks his thumb and starts counting out bills for me and just hands me a wad of cash and sends me out the door. So I’m like, “Uh, am I like working for the mob?” So anyway I go home, and my mother is like “Oh, did you get paid?” I said, “Oh yeah, he paid me in cash.” She’s like, “Oh, you need pay stub.” I was like “Oh. Okay.” I didn’t know. I was 17. So I work again, and I ask for a pay stub and he looks at me. He just again, wads the cash out of his pocket and hands it to me. There were other rooms with like all closed doors. I don’t know what was going on. So finally I ask again if I can have a pay stub, and again, he looks at me and he pays me out of his pocket and sends me. I call three days later to get my new schedule and I was laid off. They were like, “We just don’t need you anymore, so you know…” I think I might have asked too many questions because they didn’t want me back. I hope I actually don’t get “wacked” for telling this story because my very first job was stuffing envelopes for the mob. But, thankfully, I got a job at Dunkin’ Donuts, and everything was great in the world because they gave me a pay stub.

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I’m most afraid of bridges and lightning storms. When you’re going on a bridge, what if the cables snap, and then the whole thing falls and that’s it. You’re in a car, and now it’s in the water. Scary. As for lightning storms, I have terrible luck, so I’d probably get struck by lightning if I was ever in a lightning storm. These fears probably developed when I was little. I’m not scared of a certain bridge in particular. You know when you get the chills when you see something or go on something? I just get that with bridges. It’s not like a big fear. I do get it most of the time when I travel on bridges though. I stay inside when there’s a lightning storm. And bridges – well, I can’t really do anything about it. Got to go on the bridge to cross over water. You know what I’m saying? I’m not scared of tunnels though. Tunnels are fine. They have arches. They’re stable.

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The main thing preoccupying my life right now is Varsity Field Hockey. It’s sometimes hard to balance homework with field hockey. This was especially so [when I was] on JV [Junior Varsity] because our games were always later. Now, with Varsity, the games are right after school, so you don’t have time to go eat, you don’t have time to do anything. It’s game time. And then when you get home, you’re already so tired, you just want to shower and go to sleep. And some teachers don’t understand that when you say you had a game and weren’t able to put full effort into homework. They are like, “School comes first,” which is entirely true, but Varsity Field Hockey is also part of school. I will always want to play field hockey. It is something that drives me- it’s something that even drives me to come to school and wake up in the morning. Without it, I’d be like, “Oh, life’s boring,” and not show up. I also want to play through college, hopefully to get a scholarship. I’d like to play at the Varsity level so I can go to all of these different colleges, see all of them, and play and have fun while also playing at a very high and competitive level.

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I guess the main thing preoccupying my life right now is the HOTA Summer Assignment because I didn’t do it for the entire summer and I’m finishing it this week. And I’m going to finish it fine, but it’s a lot of work. I guess it’s causing me stress. I was more stressed last week when I thought, “Oh my God, I’m not going to get this done!” But now I’m fine and making fine time. I hope I do well on it! History is my favorite subject, but I don’t like American history. I prefer Global history, specifically Ancient history. I like the Egyptians a lot. I just don’t find American history particularly interesting. It’s not a “dislike,” it’s more of an “interest” thing. People are always like, “Why [don’t you like it]? It’s so interesting!” And I’m not saying it doesn’t have value. I guess the HOTA assignment is causing me stress, but I was more stressed last week when I thought, “Oh my God, I’m not going to get this done!” But now I’m fine and making fine time. I hope I do well on it!

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In my lifetime I would like to write at least five symphonies (a type of orchestral composition). I want to be a somewhat accomplished composer. I want to go to school for composing, probably Indiana State, since they have a really good music program. Unlike most high school sophomores, my plans aren’t that tentative; I strongly want to be a composer. I have a strong interest in music, but am not the best at performance. I’m better at writing music than actually performing it. This love of music kinda inspired me to be a composer in the first place. Although I am in AP Theory (one of NHS’s many music classes), I wouldn’t attribute my interest in composition solely to the school’s programs. I started composing before I took my theory and composition classes. Not coincidentally, the thing on my mind right now happens to be music. I don’t know why this is so. Again, I’m not thinking about performing, but instead writing.

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