SENIOR SPOTLIGHT: Manal Shala
Tell me about yourself. When did you come to PVS? What are your hobbies and interests?
I’ve been at PVS my whole life, since day care. Some of my hobbies are painting, baking, working out, and playing sports.
How has COVID-19 impacted your senior year?
The first semester of our senior year was completely virtual and so we weren’t able to have the traditional senior experience. Also, a lot of colleges were still not open for tours and visits and so most of our college visits were all virtual and we weren’t able to have a college tour.
What is the worst and best thing about being a senior?
The worst thing about being a senior is the first semester where we have to work on our college applications, perfecting our GPAs, and last minute ACT tests. The best thing would have to be the extra freedom we get as seniors and how understanding teachers are about the college application process.
What will you miss most about your time at PVS?
Definitely the Islamic environment, I’m going to miss being around muslims all the time and being able to practice my religion without feeling different or out of place. I’m also going to miss the feeling of being at a small school and knowing everyone there; PVS has become my family over these past 15 years and I’m truly going to miss it.
What are your plans for college/after graduation?
I will be attending Rhodes College in the Fall inshaAllah and I plan to study pre-med to become a doctor in the future.
What advice do you have for the underclassmen?
The best advice I could give would be to create a balance for yourself. Stay focused and study hard but also find time for the things you love and enjoy yourself. It’s really important not to sacrifice your happiness or mental health for school. Also, take advantage of being in this Islamic environment and cherish it because you won’t be at PVS forever.
It’s almost the end of your time at PVS, and graduation is right around the corner. How has your final year been? Can you describe the feelings you’re having as we get closer to that time?
The beginning of the year was definitely a bit stressful for me but after that it was really enjoyable Alhamdulillah. I’m happy I was able to see some of my classmates and have in-person school in the second semester, as well as having some senior events and a senior trip. As we get closer to graduation I keep looking back on the past 15 years of my life at PVS and how great it has been. It's going to be really sad parting ways from the rest of our class and the community we have at PVS. I’m really going to miss it.