I was born and raised in Kinston, NC, and I have attended Arendell Parrott Academy since transition. I actually have dual-citizenship with Canada since my mom grew up in Manitoba. I have two older sisters (23 and 29) who both now live in Seattle, Washington.
In 4th grade I joined Boy Scouts, and last year I obtained the Eagle Scout award. My favorite hobby is playing the guitar and singing, something I hope to keep up with in college. I’ve played lacrosse for 6 years, and I plan on playing in college as well. Last year, I started a guitar program called the B&G Strummers at the local Boys and Girls Club, where I, along with other Parrott Academy students, give lessons to some of the kids. Aside from music, what I love doing more than anything else is travelling, and some of my favorite places I’ve visited are Spain, Italy, Ireland, and Peru.
I’ve been fortunate to have the support of friends and family my whole life that enabled me to become the best version of myself. The value I cherish most that my parents instilled in me is humility. I am still unsure of where I want to attend college next year, but I’m certain that I want to obtain a double major in both business and a science. Post-college, I hope to start my journey towards becoming a doctor. I’ll always be grateful to Kinston and Parrott Academy for providing me with the opportunities to expand my future.
SCHOOL: Arendell Parrott Academy
NAME: Akshay Anand
PLANS FOR NEXT YEAR: I plan on attending a 4-year college, either UNC or UCLA.
WHAT IS THE MOST CHALLENGING TASK AS A SENIOR: Balancing schoolwork & extra curriculars, as well as working toward college admissions.
WHAT ADVICE DO YOU HAVE FOR UNDER CLASSMEN: Aside from grades, extracurricular activities are very important. Find something you love, and then make an effort to commit to it.
WHAT HAS BEEN THE HIGHLIGHT OF YOUR SENIOR YEAR: Receiving my acceptance letter to the University of California at Los Angeles!
WHERE DO YOU SEE YOURSELF IN 10 YEARS: I hope to be living on the west coast close to my family and also working in a career that I have a passion for.
WHO IS THE MOST INFLUENTIAL PERSON IN YOUR LIFE AND WHY: Definitely both my mom and dad. They have made such an effort to provide me with an amazing education and upbringing; They’ve raised me to understand the importance of family, trust, and humility.
I AM MOST UNIQUE BECAUSE: I am open-minded in my outlook and interests, and I’m able to fit in with any sort of crowd.
WHAT IS THE ONE QUOTE YOU LIVE BY: “I only set the bar low for limbo” – Michael Scott (The Office)
WHAT ARE 5 THINGS YOU VALUE MOST IMPORTANT AT THIS POINT IN YOUR LIFE: Family, friendship, education, time, and music.
IF YOU COULD MOVE ANYWHERE IN THE WORLD, WHERE WOULD IT BE AND WHY: Definitely a big city along the west coast; I’d love to be closer to my family, and the west coast provides a new kind of lifestyle I’d love to experience.
WHAT IS THE ONE THING YOUR CLASSMATES STILL DON'T KNOW ABOUT YOU AFTER ALL THIS TIME: I’m a fan of the television series “One Tree Hill.”
WHICH YEAR OF HIGH SCHOOL WAS YOUR FAVORITE: Freshman year; It made me realize that everything I did now counted toward my future, and it pushed me to work harder.
IF YOU WERE STRANDED ON A DESERTED ISLAND AND COULD ONLY TAKE ONE ITEM WITH YOU, WHAT WOULD IT BE?: My guitar. Nothing calms me down more than music.