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Above: Matt Tactacan (second from the right) with friends Maleela Hong, Alan Zhang, and Sunny Sait.
By Jessica Caterson
Matt Tactacan entered high school like any other ambitious 14 year old: a Harvard enthusiast with a rigorous course load. While he still possessed some of the typical “High School Musical” misconceptions about what happened in high school, freshman Matt was eager to begin learning and working hard in order to achieve his goals. He had spent his entire life in East Greenwich, viewing EGHS as the final stepping stone before an Ivy League undergrad program and later, medical school. He came from a family of talented doctors and had planned on following in their footsteps ever since he was a child. “I remember drawing pictures of hospitals with red crosses when I was really young,” he says when asked about his mindset as a freshman. “[Being a doctor] just felt natural for me. I knew it was the path I was going to go on.”
As adamant as Matt thought he was about going into a medical profession, his passions began to change. He found he didn’t enjoy the rigidity of his high-level math and science classes.
“Chemistry was really …
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