Meeting… Mairin O’Connor, Freshman Student and Soccer Player at HHS

“Meeting…” is an ongoing series featuring people from all parts of the high school community (inspired by the NYT Open series of the same name).


Cristina Porzio

Getting to know Mairin O’Connor, a freshman and soccer player at HHS.

What are your pronouns?


Which class/year are you in?

2026. I’m a freshman.

What is a job/title/role you identify as?

A student and a soccer player.

How do you start your day?

I wake up and make my bed because if I don’t make my bed, I don’t feel complete. I use the bathroom, get dressed, go downstairs, eat breakfast, pack my bag, go back upstairs, brush my teeth, [do my] makeup and hair, and go to school.

What was your favorite subject and why?

Lunch. It’s lunch, so I don’t have to do any work.

What is something most people don’t know about you?

I got a job at fourteen. [It was at] Goldfish Swim School in Milford and I put in my two weeks.

What is your secret to happiness?

My secret to happiness is, oh, duh, my dog!

What is your superpower?

My superpower is definitely my humor. Is that a superpower? Whenever I talk I make someone laugh.

Who or what inspires you?

My mom. My dog. My mom has helped me so much over the years and she is my best friend. My dog is my best friend, too.

What is your best advice for your fellow students?

To take every day one step at a time, and treat others how you wish to be treated. ‘Cause karma.