We Love You MR!
By Rachel Richter
Although Seton’s beloved Admissions Director Marianne Ridiman, popularly known as MR, works a lot behind the scenes and is not given as much appreciation as she deserves, she is one of the hardest workers I know. She is an extremely hard worker, a passionate role model, and a wonderfully kind soul. Even though MR is not a teacher who sees a classroom of students on a daily basis, she has made a remarkable impact on a multitude of girls at Seton. Students grow close to her and look up to her because she is that wonderful of a person. MR, the glue that holds so many things together, is a motherly figure to us all.
With all of the duties and responsibilities for which MR is in charge, people often wonder and awe at the fact that she is able to stay sane. She usually has a heavy workload and takes on multiple projects at once. In these stressful situations which would overwhelm the average person, MR remains calm, organized, and on top of things. She makes her job – which really consists of a million different jobs – look easy when it is anything but. I think we often don’t appreciate her work because she makes it seem so effortless, and I know that she deserves endless credit and praise. She pours her heart and soul into Seton High School, and nobody could ask for anything more.
In many ways, MR acts as the face of Seton High School. She is involved with almost all Seton events, especially those which are targeted towards incoming students. She does her best to make sure Seton is positively represented, constantly making creative changes to our system for improvement. She cares for the future of our school and has an undying passion for making us the best we can be.
At the same time, MR is also the woman behind it all. She works behind the scenes – organizing, planning, and strategizing – and is the driving force behind so many aspects of Seton. Without her hard work and persistent creativity, Seton as a school, a body, and a sisterhood would not be where it is today.
What makes her hard work even more inspirational is the fact that she does it all with a great attitude and a love for what she does. I have never once heard her complain and you can always find her with a kind and warm smile on her face. Even though I’m sure she must be stressed at times, you would never be able to tell. Because of everything she does and is, she makes me want to be a better person. Many people, including myself, are motivated by MR’s encouragements and also by the example she sets. I could not ask for a better role model. When I think back to my memories of Seton, MR and the impact she made on my life will be what I remember most. I associate MR with all the good that comes with Seton High School, and I know many others think of her in the same way.
The students at Seton love MR, and she loves us right back. I know many students, countless in number, who look up to her as a motherly figure, which is exactly what she is. She is a wonderfully loving and gentle person who knows exactly the right thing to say at the right time. She will be there for students whether they are in a time of need or just want someone to talk to about their day. She is kind, accepting, and comforting. At the same time, she is also stern when necessary and offers constructive criticism and advice. She somehow finds a way to harmoniously balance being gentle yet firm, carefree yet organized, and supportive yet constructive. Something that students really appreciate about MR is that she will always make time to talk. Even if she is busy with work, MR puts students above herself and tries with her whole heart to help others. She kindly and selflessly makes time to listen to and talk to students, providing many girls with the comfort that comes from a mother. She looks after each and every one of us as if we are her own daughters. Just as many people are with their biological mothers, we appreciate MR very much and we wish we would show our appreciation more, because we love her.
The students at Seton adore MR:
“I had the wonderful opportunity of leading Kairos with MR this year and cherished every moment of it. It wasn’t until this year that I really got to know MR on a personal level and see for myself what a funny, loving, and helpful person she is. MR has become someone I genuinely look up to and know she will always be there to help. She is such a positive role model and motherly figure for all of us at Seton. As graduation day comes closer and closer, I start to think of all the people I will truly miss once I’m gone, and MR is definitely one of those people. MR- I just want to say thank you for everything you have done for me, and everyone else at Seton. I will miss seeing you everyday when I’m at college and HOW DARE YOU think myself, and the rest of K60 team, won’t visit you once we’re gone (sorry, but you know I just had to add something referencing how dare you…). LOVE YOU!”
-Senior Maggie Browne
“MR has impacted my life because she made me realize that even through hardships there’s always hope no matter what. I am thankful for her because she has helped me through so much and she always finds time to talk no matter how busy she is. Even her just saying hi in the hallways is enough to make anyone’s day better by such a small kind act. She is so caring towards everyone and always finds the best in people.”
-Senior Kassie Jones
“MR has impacted my life in several positive ways. I have been extremely blessed to be able to lead Kairos twice with MR and we have become closer each time! MR would give you the shirt off her back if you needed it. MR is an inspiration to us all and I hope when I grow older I will be lucky enough to be a great person like she is!”
-Senior Christina Foster
“MR is like a second mom to me. She’s always there if I need someone to talk to. MR is one of those people that would drop whatever she’s doing to help someone out. She’s never too busy to talk to me (even though sometimes she is but she’ll talk anyway). She never fails to put a smile on my face if I’m ever feeling down. I don’t know, I just love MR so much and I honestly don’t know what I’d do without her.”
-Senior Maddie Luebbers