Alumnus Matthew Ake graduated in 2017 and worked in industrial manufacturing. While in high school Ake participated in band.
What have you done after high school?
“I’ve worked in an industrial manufacturing plant, worked odd jobs, then decided to pursue college,” Ake said.
What made you want to do what you are doing now?
“Taking the time away from school to figure out something I don’t want to do for life while at the same time discovering something I genuinely enjoy learning about,” Ake said.
How did what you learn or experience in high school affect you in college and beyond?
“Band taught me how to leave my problems at the door and focus on the task at hand,” Ake said. “The skill is invaluable in any pursuit. Additionally, the approach Mr. Rabalais took to teaching (the ability to make jokes, be relaxed, provide all the tools and information needed while not just spoon-feeding the information to us) was refreshing and a great set-up to how college actually functions.”
Explain your job now.
“Currently, I’m back in college, acting as a class tutor of sorts for history, Pre-Cal, state and local government, and general chemistry one,” Ake said. “Essentially, my teachers asked me to help others with material, so I find methods to explain differently than the teacher and work more one on one with those who need/want it.”
What are your plans for the future?
“I’m studying to be a nuclear engineer,” Ake said.
What is your advice to current high schoolers?
“I know everything seems like it can cave in on you at any moment, but I promise things get better,” Ake said. “Tough it out, give your all every day, and act with kindness in your heart. It will pay off.”