As the cold stiffness of winter begins to melt away, and spring’s warmth begins to shine through, we enter a season of ends, transitions, and eventual new beginnings. Every year former grade school students enter their new high schools where they’ll spend the next four years, newly risen seniors enter a year of excitement and lasts, and former high school students enter their new college campuses- all new worlds of possibilities and opportunities in their own right. In the spirit of new beginnings, members of each category reflect on the old and look to the new:
GRADE SCHOOL TO HIGH SCHOOL- Jane Streicher- Seton High School Class of 2021
What has been your most memorable moment from your first year at Seton?
My most memorable moment so far at Seton was definitely the garage get down. Dancing with everyone was so much fun especially since it was the first dance I have been to with my sister.
What has been the biggest thing you learned?
The biggest thing I learned this year is to take chances and to push myself outside of my comfort zone. Throughout my first year I took part in a lot of new academic, athletic, and leadership opportunities which I never thought I would. By taking part in these new challenges, I have been able to grow a lot as a person.
What advice would you give an 8th grader coming into their first year of high school?
I would tell an incoming eighth grader to push themselves to venture not only outside of their comfort zone but outside their normal group of friends. I know that going into Seton I felt scared not knowing a lot of people. But I tried to always go out of my way to say hi to new people in classes or at lunch, and it really helped me meet some of my best friends.
FRESHMAN IN HIGH SCHOOL TO GRADUATION- Rylee Jung- Seton High School Class of 2018
What has been your most memorable moment from your Senior year at Seton?
My most memorable moment of Senior year was being a leader for K72. This experience was absolutely amazing. I have never felt so loved and supported by not only my classmates, but some of the juniors and the staff.
What has been your biggest takeaway from your time in high school?
My biggest takeaway from high school is learning to trust and be confident in myself.
What surprised you about your senior year?
This answer kind of ties into my last answer. What has surprised me the most about this year is how much I’ve opened up and have been able to do. I used to not think I was good enough for a lot of stuff, but this year I really proved myself wrong and accomplished so much.
What advice would you give underclassmen about going into their senior year?
The advice I would give to juniors going into senior year is to do everything you possibly can. Make the most out of the time you have left here – get closer with the people in your grade, talk to teachers more, support your classmates at sporting events, go to the art shows, plays, and do everything that Seton has to offer that even slightly interests you. Don’t be afraid to get really involved and just have fun!
HIGH SCHOOL TO COLLEGE- Megan Igel- Seton High School Class of 2015
What has been your most memorable moment from college?
It’s hard to pick one specific memorable moment! I’ve had so many cool experiences, whether it be through class, clubs, or just hanging out with my friends. But if I had to pick one moment I know I’ll never forget, I would say it was the first night after I moved in to my dorm freshman year. The freshman at Miami move in early, and the university always plans fun events. The first night all of the people in my dorm walked over to the ice rink together, where the synchronized ice skating and hockey team greeted us. After the presentation, we went outside into the quad. There were food vendors, tables of free items, and hundreds of freshman students walking around, just like me. It was this first time it hit me that I was going to spend the next four years of my life in the Miami community.
What surprised you about college life?
I think the thing that surprised me the most about college was how different it is from high school. In high school, everyone always told me that college would be a breeze. I wouldn’t say college is easy, but it is different. It’s nice having fewer classes and more breaks throughout the day, as opposed to being in the same building every day for 8 hours a day. The change of scenery from day to day is something I really enjoy. With so many things going on around campus each day, I never really know what to expect when I wake up in the morning. Sometimes I’ll be walking to class and pass by a university-sponsored food truck, or I might happen upon a group of therapy dogs on campus. I have even seen student-led protests, made up of young people like you and me, standing up for what they believe in. So I guess the thing that surprised me most about college is how unexpected and different each day is, even after having attended the same university for the last three years!
What advice would you give to people going into their first year of college?
My biggest piece of advice for incoming college freshmen would be to have patience and follow your heart. College is a fun time, but it can also be intimidating. Don’t worry if, in your first semester or even your first year, you feel like you haven’t found “the college experience.” How one experiences college is different from person to person. Don’t feel like you have to be a certain way or do a certain thing to be doing college right. College is what you make of it! That being said, college is a time to follow your heart and learn more about who you are! Explore your interests, take some classes outside of your major, hang out with people you wouldn’t normally hang out with. You only have 4 years, so make the most of every moment!