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Nathan Suraci (2012-2017)

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I’m in my junior year at the College of the Holy Cross, located in Worcester, Massachusetts, where I’m studying both economics and statistics. Notably, this academic year offers a unique experience as I’m broadening my horizons at The London School of Economics, situated in the heart of London where I will am studying for the entirety of my 2023-2024 academic year.

Looking ahead, I’m really excited about diving into the world of business consulting. I’ve got my sights set on furthering my education, maybe with an MBA or even going deeper into economics with a master’s or PhD. It’s funny, but when I think about it, business consulting feels like a natural extension of what I learned at Riverbend. It’s all about thinking a bit differently, tackling unique challenges head-on, and really leaning into those leadership and communication skills I first started developing during my time at Riverbend.

Some of my fondest recollections of my time at Riverbend revolve around our community outreach initiatives and the imaginative assignments we undertook. I hold dear the moments spent as a ‘reading buddy’ at the Bacon Free Library, partaking in the car wash and savoring pancakes during Fall Fest, and immersing myself at the Natick Community Organic Farm on Friday afternoons. Additionally, the innovative projects we were entrusted with allowed us to extend our classroom learning into real-world applications, which was both challenging and rewarding.

My foremost advice to current Riverbend students is this: The details of specific facts or dates might fade, but that’s not where the true value of your Riverbend education lies. Don’t stress if you can’t remember the exact timeline of historical events. Instead, focus on the foundational skills and insights you’re gaining. Riverbend is shaping you to be an inquisitive lifelong learner and nurturing both your academic and creative curiosities. It’s teaching you to approach challenges with a questioning mind and to stand out as a leader with exceptional people skills. So even if a math problem confounds you or the names of all 50 states elude you, remember this: it’s your evolving ability to learn and adapt that truly counts