1983 – 1989 BROOKDALE SCHOOL: I don’t remember much about my time here. Teachers I remember include: Mrs. Spooner (1st grade), Mrs. McNeil (2nd), Mrs. Walsh (3rd), Mrs. Faller (6th). Faller was my favorite.
I remember certain parts of the building and how it looked. It was three floors, and I’ll never forget the day I entered 2nd grade which required me to go up to the 2nd floor (it was like entering a new world). I made lots of friends along the way but lost many of them as the years went on.
I remember the ‘Fun Fair’ they would have every May which was like a small festival in the back in the school. They also had bike inspection day which was cool because you could ride your bike to school and have officials look over it.
I remember being part of the Audio/Video group and would help get movies ready for classes. I participated in a spelling bee, played after-school basketball for a while, and remember times looking out the window at the radio tower of Montclair State University (a college I never knew about but ended up going to).
1992 – 1996 BLOOMFIELD HIGH SCHOOL: High School was fun at first, but eventually I couldn’t wait to leave. Especially in my Senior year I was plagued by bullies and generally people just didn’t like me. I was looked at as a band geek with a cool car but no personality. I tried my best to make friends but it never really worked.
Outside of social life, I did OK in High School academically speaking. I got A’s and B’s for virtually every class and was almost always on the Honor Roll. In Senior year I got very lazy and didn’t take many challenging courses.
I was happy to have graduated and finally be done with High School and the people who made it so challenging. As I look back on it today, there were many things I might have done differently to make it more enjoyable.
1996 to 2000 MONTCLAIR STATE UNIVERSITY: MSU was local to where I lived (only 5 minutes away). I initially went here because I was forced by my mom (I wanted to go to technical / auto mechanic school but she refused to pay for it). I am super happy I ended up coming here. I met some good people and nice friends, though I’ve lost contact with virtually everyone.
My major was Speech Communications. My favorite professor was Dr. Wayne Bond. He was an incredible inspiration because he had such a passion for what he did. And I wanted to be just like him in my career. I was top of my class and as a result of my hard work and awesome public speaking skills, I became the most awarded student in that major during my time there.