About Olivia Pungitore

Olivia Pungitore

Class of 2020

Design and Visual Communications

Biographical statement

I live at home with my parents and my two younger brothers who both also attend BHR. I was born and raised in Norwood, MA, and still live there. I spend a lot of my time reading and painting, and I also tutor kids and babysit. I’m currently out on co-op working in the marketing department as a graphic designer for NEI General Contracting as well as volunteering as a secretary at an auto body shop.

Career goals

As of now, my plan is to go to college, study biology and get my vet tech certification and eventually become a veterinarian and hopefully create art as a freelance artist. As much as I love graphic design, I know this is the best choice for me as far as having a stable income and a career I can count on in the future.

What BHR has done for you

BHR has done so many things for me. When I first came here in sophomore year I was extremely shy and worried so much about what others thought of me. It was the students I was surrounded by and the environment I was in that helped me come out of my shell and find who I really am. The teachers here have helped me through so much, more than I think they know. The teachers are incredible and know and aren’t afraid to step up and be a student’s friend when they’re in need. It wasn’t until I came to Blue Hills that I had teachers that I 100% felt comfortable with going to if I ever needed help or someone to talk to. They’ve shown me how great they are by coming in and teaching us more than just MLA format and the Pythagorean theorem. They’ve taught me, alongside their other students, how important it is to reach out to people, and communicate, and how to take action, and for that I’m entirely grateful.

Why you came to BHR instead of your local high school

I came to Blue Hills to be able to study something I love: art. I wasn’t happy at the school I was at before, it was pushing academics in a way that I couldn’t handle and the environment was tense. Overall, I needed a school I could thrive in. I needed a place where I was comfortable and surrounded by great people. When I stepped into BHR for the first time, I knew that this was the school where I wanted to spend the rest of my time in high school.

A quotation that inspires you or that you live by

A quote that inspires me is from the movie “Dead Poets Society” and that quote is: “No matter what anybody tells you, words and ideas can change the world.”

Your favorite book or movie

My favorite movie is “Dead Poets Society.” It’s so inspiring and it really expresses how important it is to take hold of your own life and follow your dreams. The first time I saw the movie, it really opened my eyes and truthfully changed my life.

The best advice I’ve ever received is that you have to learn to love yourself first. This is something a friend of mine had said to me back in the 7th grade and it’s stuck with me since. Self-care and self-love are important and it seems like something that people forget a lot.

Advice that you would give to a grade 8 student applying to BHR

Advice that I’d give an 8th grade student applying to BHR is go all in. If you’re truly interested in Blue Hills, then don’t be afraid to show admissions what you’re all about. Especially when you go in for an interview, don’t just tell them things you think they want to hear, tell them things about you. At the end of the day, they care about your nature as a student. Be yourself and you’ll go far.

Teacher or faculty member at BHR who has helped or inspired you the most

A teacher at Blue Hills who has inspired me is Mrs. Dailey. Even though I’ve only officially known her since the beginning of this year, she’s most definitely been the most influential teacher I’ve had. She’s so kind and she’s always looking to help her students and make sure they’re able to fully grasp whatever we may be working on in class. She’s constantly looking out for opportunities for her students in and out of school. Mrs. Dailey genuinely cares about her students and you can clearly see that with how she interacts with them. I’m really grateful to have been able to have her as a teacher and she’s honestly made my senior year the best year I’ve had at BHR.

Who is your hero

My hero is my grandmother. She had to leave school at the age of 12, had 6 kids by the age of 24, got her GED at 34, and got her college degree by 38, and did it all on her own, with 0 help. The fact that she’s 80 years old now, and is still working, just shows how strong her work ethic is. She’s one of the most inspiring people in my life and I genuinely wish I had half the strength she does.

Most memorable moment at BHR

My most memorable moment at BHR is one of my first academic days at Blue Hills. I transferred here as a sophomore so I didn’t particularly know anyone, but I was slightly familiar with this girl named Brielle Blanchard. I had met her the week prior, in the first week of shop. She had come up to me asking if I wanted to go sit with her, and since I didn’t really know anyone else, I said yes. We ended up sitting in front of the closed bleachers, under a basketball hoop. That ended up being a bad idea, who would’ve thought?  The whole class we were trying to draw all while attempting to avoid the basketballs that were flying at us. It’s not a particularly important memory but it was also the first time I really hung out with one of my best friends, so it’s by far one of my favorites.