Editor's note: All week long, Erin Geismar is profiling people around Bay Shore, from community leaders to residents she bumps into around town.
Christina Richardson, 17, Bay Shore
Student at Bay Shore High School
We met Christina while taking photos outside Bay Shore High School, and she offered to speak with us about her thoughts on her school and community. Her family moved from Islip to Bay Shore last year.
What did you think when your family first decided to move to Bay Shore?
I don’t want to go to Bay Shore. I was nervous. My mom said I would make friends instantly -- and I did. I met a lot of really nice people here. I never felt like I was alone, even on my first day.
You were just raving about your school and your community, why do you like it so much?
It’s just a really friendly community. And there are a lot of things to do here. There are a lot of stores, you can walk everywhere, go to the South Shore Mall and hang out with your friends and just be yourself.
Would you consider coming back to this area after college?
Yes, but I’m not sure if Bay Shore or Islip. I love both of those communities, but I have more memories in Islip.
How would you define the character of Bay Shore?
So you mean like if Bay Shore was a person, how would I describe them?
Yes, that’s a good way to put it.
Hilarious. Outgoing. Friendly. This town makes me laugh. But there are some parts of town that can be a little scary, but I just don’t go to them.