Medomak Valley High School
Class of 2019
My name is Hattie Watmough, daughter of Andrea and Frederic Watmough of Warren Maine. I have one sibling, an older sister, Hannah, who is currently working as a CNA. I am a senior at Medomak Valley High School where I am currently a member of the math team, the Olympia Snowe Women’s Leadership Institute, National Honors Society, and Yearbook comity. I play softball, basketball, and soccer throughout the year, including the summer. In my free time, I like hunting, fishing, swimming, camping, any form of athletics, and spending time with my family. I am looking forward to what the future holds for me and cannot wait to see what life has in store after high school.
Growing up, I was taught that respect and integrity were the most important things to have and I still believe that to be true. I don’t consider myself to fit the typical Gen Z descriptions because of my values, passions, and upbringing. After high school I intend to go to Husson University to study Physical Therapy. I chose this particular career because this job is the epitome of helping others. Ever since I can remember, all I’ve ever wanted to do is help others. I have always been passionate about helping others and medicine. Through physical therapy I can still be passionate about those things and make a living out of it. Because I value compassion, respect, and trust, I can connect with patients on a deeper level. Through physical therapy I can stay true to what I value, all while learning and doing something I’m passionate about. “If you love your job, you will never work a day in your life.” This job is also very stable in the future because it’s unlikely to be automated.
Unlike stereotypical Gen Z definitions, I would rather have a conversation with someone than communicate through a device, which makes me excited to work in the physical therapy field because it is face to face interaction, hands on work, and the satisfaction of helping others. I’d like to think I’m not part of the negative connotation people give to Gen Z, and I hope that in time people who do fit the stereotypical definitions of Gen Z realize that living in the moment, being true to yourself, and having respect not only for yourself, but for others as well is the best way to live your life.