Amiya on Being Different

Amiya poses in the hallway.

Amiya thinks it’s a good year. She has a quiet laugh when she talks about teachers, her plans, and what school will be like next year. The president of the 2018 graduating class, Miss QHS, National Honor Society member, and future business leader (FBLA) is most likely taking her academic excellence and president scholarships to Mississippi State University.

“Also, I’ve been accepted into The University of Southern Mississippi. It’s just at MSU I took a tour and stopped by some of the classes I’ll have. The teachers remind me of Mrs. Reeves. I like the friendly atmosphere. I want to make sure it’s the right college.” Again, the quiet laugh.

Amiya holds her admission letter to Mississippi State University.

“I want to go into business accounting. I love numbers. I always wanted to have my own accounting firm or have my own bank. I always wanted to be different. In ten years I see myself probably back at MSU trying to get a degree in criminal justice. They say I can get a third-year internship in New York, and I’d like to explore a new atmosphere. I have a brother who lives in Seattle. I can live anywhere. I want to travel.”

The Quiz Bowl competitor plays on a team of people who like to be challenged.

The 2017 - 2018 Panther Quiz Bowl TeamAmiya agrees that Quitman High School seniors run the school, but she warns her underclassmen, “You’ll work harder than you have any other year.” 

Then she adds, “It’s okay to make mistakes because you learn from those mistakes. You only live once. I had to let a lot of friends go.”

Amiya sits in a classroom.

Like her friend Reagan, Amiya is planning on starting school in July as part of the Day One Leadership program at Mississippi State University. With a current QHS class schedule of Entrepreneurship, Government, College Music Appreciation, and Advanced Placement Biology as well as a part-time job at Danielle’s Dance Studio, the Mu Alpha Theta member has obviously found time to enjoy friends and make concrete plans.

Amiya stands with her classmates who will graduate high school with twelve college credit hours.

Will Amiya miss high school? Yes. But odds are the 2018 QHS graduate will enjoy her future studies as much as she did the ones here.

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