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CLASS OF 2024 VALEDICTORIAN Q&A: Swapnil Krishnan

Asaph Li
Graduating at the top of the class of 2024, senior Swapnil Krishnan will attend the University of California, Santa Barbara to major in actuarial science.

The Class of 2024 produced 39 valedictorians, and The Accolade interviewed each to reflect on their high school journeys and thoughts. This is a full version of the Q&A, of which the preview is included in our May magazine issue. Any remaining full-version Q&A will be posted in alphabetical order throughout the week in the Feature section.

Question 1: Which university have you committed to?
University of California, Santa Barbara.

Question 2: What will you major in?
Actuarial science.

Question 3: What were some notable setbacks you encountered during your high school career and how did you overcome them?
A: In sophomore year, one of my friends had passed away and it distracted me throughout the year. I overcame this by finding a community and talking to friends to set aside what had happened.

Question 4: What was one of your most memorable experiences in high school?
A: I enjoyed getting food after the AP [Advanced Placement] tests, going to the gym and the Calc BC [AP Calculus BC] class.

Question 5: How do you think beginning high school through distance learning positively or negatively impacted your high school journey?
A: It didn’t impact me, as I was good at keeping connections through Zoom and other applications. I felt as if it impacted me positively, as I was able to take advantage of the online classes and the schedules.

Question 6: What is your biggest regret in high school?
A: My biggest regret was not making more connections and being outgoing.

Question 7: What advice about school would you give your freshman self if you were to start high school again?
A: Get involved, take advantage of opportunities, be yourself and get out of your comfort zone.

Question 8: What were some of your extracurriculars and leadership roles, if any?
A: President of a community service non-profit organization called Making an Impact and part of the band program for four years, being the trumpet and brass section leader.

Question 9: What class threatened your valedictorian status the most?
A: AP Psychology because of the memorization, and I didn’t have the drive to keep up with that stuff.

Question 10: What are your career aspirations and/or activities you want to be involved in at college?
A: Actuarial science major to try and open a lot of windows in the business world and make connections with a stable job where I can pursue my other career goals.

Question 11: What would you say was the most rewarding aspect of being valedictorian?
A: Enjoying that I did it with my friends [who have] been [with me] since kindergarten.

Question 12: What was your favorite class in school?
A: AP Calculus BC.

Question 13: Who was a mentor who helped you throughout your academic journey?
A: Mrs. [Shirley] Tan, Mr. [Thomas] Butler and Mr. [Andrew] Gartner.

Question 14: What is something you look forward to the most after graduating?
A: I look forward to going to a new place with new faces and making new connections and experiencing new things.

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