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'I’ve Been Learning in Senior Year ... Take a Deep Breath'

Senior Jane Schumacher has lofty ambitions, but her experience at Moorestown High School has taught her how to relax and "take a step back."

 (MHS) will celebrate commencement at 6:30 p.m. next Tuesday, June 19, graduating about 330 seniors.

All this week, Moorestown Patch will provide short profiles of a group of graduates: where they're attending college, their fondest memory from MHS and what they'll miss most (and least) about being high school students. 

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Name: Jane Schumacher

Age: 18

Activities: (participated all four years). That’s about it, primarily because I take a lot of high-level classes so I don’t have time for anything else.

College: Mason Gross School of the Arts (part of Rutgers-New Brunswick)

Intended Major: Bachelor of Fine Arts Program in Acting. They actually only take 15 people into the program. The acceptance rate is 2.25 (percent).

Career Interest: Acting. I will take anything that pays, essentially. I really love theater, but I’m not going to turn down a role on television just because.

Fondest Memory from High School: I have a few from fall plays. Freshman year being in the fall play was just a really great experience because it was sort of the first time I really felt comfortable at school. And I was the only freshman in a … very small cast. It’s always been such a welcoming environment, the fall play, and that was the first time I really felt like everyone I was around was really supportive and really wanted everybody to feel like we were in it together.

Most Important Thing You Learned at High School: In short, take a deep breath. Because I’m very much a perfectionist … I can’t ever not do what I’m supposed to do. I follow all the rules. And I’ve been learning in senior year that, it’s OK. Take a step back. Take a deep breath. It doesn’t have to be perfect because, it’ll be good enough. And that’s not advice that works for everyone, but for me in particular, I kind of have to pull back and say, “Let it go.”

What You’ll Miss Most: Ms. (Toni) Paparone, my art teacher. She’s just the nicest person I know. I took art with her for two years and her class has been my saving grace. I walk into her room and it’s just like, “Aaaah.” I can relax. I’m not uptight. She’s just such a wonderful person to be around.

What You’ll Miss Least: It’s never any one thing; it’s a bunch of different things. I’m really ready to just move on, and getting up early is one thing I won’t miss. Luckily I don’t have to take math at all in college.

Check back tomorrow for the fourth of our Moorestown High School senior profiles. Visit our Senior Snapshots page to read more profiles of Moorestown 2012 graduates.

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